Shimla, September 4: Himachal Pradesh has earned a whopping amount Rs 3,345 crore in the last four years by selling electricity. Also, in the last four years, Himachal Pradesh which has a power generation potential of about 27,000 MW has accorded approval to 167 hydroelectric projects.
Notably, a statement issued by state government on Sunday said that it has generated Rs 3,345 crores revenue in the last four years by selling electricity. The State government also said that Himachal Pradesh has accorded approval to 167 hydroelectric projects in four years.
The statement further noted that the efforts are being made to involve global players so that identified hydel potential of the state could be exploited more efficiently and effectively. “As of now, the state’s hydro power potential has been pegged at of 27,436 MW. Of this, 10,351 MW has already been exploited with the active participation of different agencies working on the field,” the statement added.
In addition to it, Himachal government has given technical concurrence to as many as 167 hydro projects of about 700 MegaWatt (MW). Along with this, 31 hydro power projects aggregating to 2,067 MW have also been commissioned.
The statement further stated that HP State Electricity Board has started execution of at least 22 eco-friendly projects totaling 300 MW capacity. Locations for these projects have been identified near Beas, Ravi and Pabbar basins.
The state government has also entrusted the work of four more projects - Devi Kothi, (16 MW), Sai Kothi-I (15 MW), Sai Kothi-II (16.50 MW) and Hael (18 MW) in Chamba district -- to the board keeping in view its competency and expertise available with the organization.
The government said that mandatory inspections of operational projects have been ensured and flood safety measures regulated to avoid mishaps during monsoons. The government has already taken major decisions towards easing out the policy provisions to facilitate investors to overcome the bottlenecks being faced in the implementation of the projects.
The state has made the provision for generation of revenue out of a sale of 1 percent additional free power payable after commissioning of the projects has been made so that revenue generated could be directly transferred to the project-affected families. The government has successfully implemented this scheme through which at least Rs 6.74 crore has been transferred to the eligible families since 2012-13.
Some key new projects commissioned under the present government regime are 800 MW Koldam, 412 MW Rampur, 130 MW Kashang, 10 MW Ghanvi on Satluj, 520 MW Parbati-III on Beas and 36 MW Chanju on Ravi.