India studying possibility of importing power from Central Asia

New Delhi : India is keen to examine the feasibility of importing power from an electricity grid emanating from the hydropower surplus region of Central Asia, as also helping to build mini hydel dams in the mountainous region through which two major rivers flow.

According to Ajay Bisaria, joint secretary in the Eurasia division, of the Ministry of External Affairs, India stands to benefit from the Central Asia South Asia Electricity Transmission and Trade Project, better known as CASA-1000, a new electricity transmission system to connect the countries of hydropower producing countries of Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan with Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Bisari, addressing a round table on ‘Regional Water Security and Riverine Disputes: Issues Common to Central and South Asia’ here Thursday, said India is keen to find out if a way can be found to import the electricity from the CASA-1000.

“If there is a grid then India can benefit from the electricity imported,” he said at the event held at the India International Centre.

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