Special committee to monitor hydro projects in HP: CM

CM Directs the officers to ensure timely completion of all hydro projects in order to check price esclation
Shimla/April 25
Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh directed that timely completion of all hydro power projects should be ensured in order to check price escalation.
He directed that a committee headed by Chief Secretary would now on supervise and monitor all the progress and to sort out problems of getting various clearances without delay in single window system.
Presiding over the Departmental Review Meeting of MPP & Power and Non-Conventional Energy Sources here, the Chief Minister expressed happiness over the increase in revised estimated potential of 27433 MW as compared to old 23000 MW in all five major river basins.
He said that according to recent survey done major increase was recorded in Satluj basin which was 13331 MW as compared to 10391 MW of old survey.
The Chief Minister said that it was a matter of pleasure that more than 30 projects having capacity of 2200 MW would be completed and commissioned in current fiscal which would be more than commissioned in last five years.
He said that 13 projects of less than five MW of 35.90 MW capacities would be commissioned by HIMURJA in 2013-14. He said that after completion, these projects will give annual revenue of about Rs. 213 crores approx. (@ 12 % free power at Rs. 2.90 per unit) for first 12 years which would increase in following years. Besides, additional revenue of Rs. 89.65 crores would be generated on account of free power sale in current fiscal, he added.
“As much as 8418 MW hydro power has already been exploited in the state and 4233 MW was being executed by various agencies,” he said.
He said that various projects of 2982 MW capacity had been sent for obtaining clearances while 5132 MW were being investigated in the state. He said that Directorate of Energy (DoE) was examining the Hydro Policy-2006 with a view to expedite clearances from all government agencies and departments and to avoid multiple NOCs from Gram Sabha for same project.
The Chief Minister directed to speed up the finalization of the solar policy for the state. He asked to complete Cumulative Environment Impact Assessment Studies (CEIA) of all river basins on priority.
He asked to complete the studies of Satluj Basin which are in advance stage and to expedite the progress in Chenab basin. He said that Terms of References (ToRS) for Beas basin had been sent to Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) for approval while ToRs for Ravi and Yamuna basins were being prepared.
The Chief Minister said that HP Power Corporation Ltd. was executing 20 projects with 3026 MW potential. Out of these, five projects (856 MW) were under construction, 8 projects (1235 MW) were under investigation while 7 projects (935 MW) were at pre-feasibility study stage.