Himachal Pradesh moves to simplify hydro project clearances

Himachal Pradesh moves to simplify hydro project clearances

Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh revealed that his government has simplified the clearance process involved in hydropower projects in the state in a bid to ramp up the completion of currently pending projects and to attract new project proposals. Addressing members of the Himachal Pradesh State Electricity Board Ltd Power Engineers Association at Sundernagar […]

Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh revealed that his government has simplified the clearance process involved in hydropower projects in the state in a bid to ramp up the completion of currently pending projects and to attract new project proposals.

Addressing members of the Himachal Pradesh State Electricity Board Ltd Power Engineers Association at Sundernagar town in Mandi district, he said this was done to invite more investment in the state.

“We have decided that the producers would not be required to take no objection certificates from the state irrigation and public health department, the public works, the revenue and the fisheries for setting up hydro projects,” he said.

The chief minister said the government has approved a Rs.1,464 crore restructuring plan of the electricity board.

To promote private investment in the hydropower sector, he said five projects were allotted to the private bidders.

The chief minister said the state was not getting its due share from the BBMB (Bhakra Beas Management Board), a major power producer in the state distributing power to other states.

The BBMB has been withholding the share of the state despite the fact that the state has won the case pertaining to its share in the Supreme Court, he said.

Official sources said the state is claiming a whopping Rs.4,250 crore in arrears due on Punjab and Haryana for the BBMB’s three hydro projects located in the hill state while a counter claim of Rs.1,611.88 crore has come from the two states.

Himachal Pradesh’s hydro potential is 27,432 MW, out of this 8,432 MW has been harnessed.

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