April 2019 News

Time To Harness J&K's Full Hydropower Potential: Governor

22 April 2019
Greater Kashmir

Jammu: Harnessing full hydropower potential of rivers in Jammu and Kashmir will not only meet the state's own demand-supply gap, but also augment the energy supply of other states, Governor Satya Pal Malik said on Monday. Chairing the 74th meeting of the Board of Directors of Jammu and Kashmir State Power Development Corporation (PDC) at Raj Bhavan here, Malik, according to an official spokesman, said that keeping in view the vast hydropower potential of 20,000 MW in the state, projects of 16,475 MW capacity on rivers Chenab (11,283 MW), Jhelum (3,084 MW), Ravi (500 MW), and Indus (1608 MW) have already been identified. He stressed that all-out efforts be made to execute these projects with 'ruthless efficiency' to achieve the desired objectives of all-round development of the hydropower sector in the state, the spokesman said. While discussing various activities to be taken under corporate social responsibility (CSR), the Governor directed that funds under the CSR should be spent judiciously. Hirdesh Kumar Singh, administrative Secretary to the government, Power Development Department and Managing Director, JKSPDC, gave a presentation on various power projects being implemented by the Corporation. 'It was informed that during 2018-19, JKSPDC has generated 5,188.06 million units of energy which gave the revenue of Rs. 1,406.59 crore,' the spokesman said. The annual accounts of the Corporation for 2014-15 and its revenue budget estimates for 2019-20 were also approved by the Board, which also gave its nod to convening of the Annual General Meetings. The meeting was attended by K K Sharma, Advisor to Governor; BVR Subrahmanyam, Chief Secretary, J&K; Arun Kumar Mehta, Secretary to the Government, Finance Department; UmangNarula, Principal Secretary to Governor; RohitKansal, Secretary to Government, Planning Development and Monitoring Department; Hirdesh Kumar Singh; Paras Ram Angurala, Executive Director (Electric), JKSPDC; Jagdish Singh Chib, Executive Director (Civil) JKSPDC; Upinderjit Singh, Director Finance, JKSPDC; ManojTripathi, Director (Hydro Project Monitoring), Central Electricity Authority; R S Dhillon, Executive Director, Power Finance Corporation Limited and Sunil Gupta, Company Secretary, JKSPDC.