Himachal Pradesh CM Inaugurates 6th International Hydro-Power conference
April 28th, 2011

Shimla: Prof. Prem Kumar Dhumal, Chief Minister, said that the Himachal Pradesh was providing reliable and quality supply of electricity to consumers to all in the State. He said that 100% revenue village of the State had been electrified long ago. Not only this, the consumers in the State had to pay of the lowest tariffs in the country. He said that the State also resolved to contribute to the maximum possible extent to the national endeavor to have renewable energy sources make up 40% of the total installed capacity in the country.

Inaugurating 6th International Hydro-Power conference for speedier harnessing of hydro-power potential in Northern Himalayas here yesterday evening, Chief Minister said that the state had over 23,000 MW of identified hydro-potential out of which 6728 MW had so far been harnessed. He said that the priority was being accorded for speedy harnessing balance hydro power potential in a manner that optimizes returns to the State. With a view to achieve this, the State initiated the process of involving both the Central Government PSUs and the Private Sector in a big way in hydro-power development. The proposed distribution of 23000 MW in various sectors is likely to be 17% State sector, 39% Central/Joint sector, 38% private sector and remaining 6% is projects less than 5 MW, he added.

He said that in current financial year 2011-2012, 2090 MW power with the commissioning of the 1000 MW Karcham Wangtoo project, Malana-II (100 MW), Budhil(70 MW), Chamera-III (231 MW), Parvati (520 MW) and some other small Hydel Projects was likely to be added in the power system. He said that by the end of the 12th Plan the State would have over 17,000 MW of generating capacity.

He said that to embark upon our ambitious programme in Hydel generation, the Pradesh had formulated its own Hydro-Power Policy in 2006 and have improved further on this policy in the last three year which seeks to safeguard the interest of the people of the State on one hand and to protect the delicate ecology and environment of the other. He said that to ensure development of local area during the construction stage, mandatory provision of 1.5% of project cost has been kept in the state policy and in post- commissioning scenario, a provision for 1% Additional Free Power has been earmarked for development of local area in line with the National Hydro-Policy.

Prof. Dhumal said that the Government sector has also been made more accountable by fixing the time limit for accordance of TEC at State-level. The condition of Governments right to participate upto 49% of equity in projects above 100 MW on selective basis has been removed to give more clarity to the expected bidders. He said that power sector was critical to the development of the economy because development in all other sectors depends, to a great extent, on this sector. The State Government is fully aware of this fact and has accorded top priority to this sector, he added.

Chief Minister said that conditions for mode of sale of power generated from projects above 5 MW had been redrafted such that the developer has more options to market the generated power. He said that after implementation of these modifications we have recently allotted 13 projects with aggregate capacity of 1304 MW. The entire bidding process was completed in a period of nine weeks compared to over a year in earlier rounds of allotment, he added.

Chief Minister said that since a number of projects are coming up simultaneously in the same river basins the MOEF has added the requirement for basin studies/carrying capacity studies of the rivers/streams. He said that these studies are essential in the present context but it is also a fact that these are time consuming and implementation of projects should not be held up while these are completed. He said that the State had already taken a lead in this by starting the basin studies for Satluj Basin and also started the process for initiating the action on conducting the similar studies in other basins.

He also congratulated INDIA-Tech Foundation for convening this conference to discuss the important issues related to speedier harnessing of hydro-power potential in Northern Himalaya.

Sh. R.V.Shahi, Chairman, India Tech. Foundation and Former Power Secretary, Govt. of India said that there was a dire necessity to harness the available Hydro-Power Potential speedily to meet the growing power requirements. He said that Himachal Pradesh had progressive Hydle policy which would result into speedy exploitation of the identified Hydle potential. He also elaborated the status of Hydle-Power potential of the country.

Sh.D.P.Goel, Managing Director, J.P.Karchham Hydle-Power Corporation underlined the need to harness Hydle-Power potential under PPP mode and also increase the share of local stakeholders in the power projects executed in the area. He said that Karchham project would be commissioned by August this year.

Sh. J.K.Sharma, Director Projects, NHPC said that Hydro-Power happened to be the clean development mechanism and was competent to meet the shortage of electricity. He said that maximum of Hydle potential was in Himalayan region to meet the power requirements for the country to larger extent.

Sh. Inder Mohan, President, India Tech. Foundation said that Himachal Pradesh and Jammu & Kashmir States had Hydle potential of over 45000 MW and both the States had entrepreneur-friendly policy.

Sh.R.P.Singh, Chief Managing Director, Satluj Jal Vidhut Nigam welcomed the Chief Minister and other dignitaries. He also detailed out the power generation activities of the corporation and thanked the Chief Minister for his moral and other support.

Sh. Shabir Ahmad Khan, Minister of State for Power Jammu & Kashmir elaborated the Hydle-Power generation activities in the State of Jammu & Kashmir and said that the State was poised to emerge energy surplus State in-coming few years. He said that Jammu & Kashmir would be taking benefits from the experience of Himachal Pradesh.

Sh. V.K.Pandit, Former Secretary, Power Govt. of India proposed vote of thanks on the occasion.

Present on the occasion among others were Smt. Rajwant Sandhu, Chief Secretary, Sh. Deepak Sanan, Principal Secretary (Revenue), Senior Officers of State Government and representatives from different Hydro-Power companies.

Source - orissadiary.com

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