PM lays foundation of 850 MW Ratle HEP

Assures full tapping of available Hydel Power Potential in JK

Announces additional 150 MW power to state to meet increased demands

KISHTWAR - Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh today assured full tapping of Hydel Power potential available in Jammu and Kashmir, besides announced 150 MW additional Power to the state to meet the increased demand of power during the current season.

The Prime Minister was speaking after laying the foundation of Prestigious 850 MW GVK Ratle Hydro Power Project being built over Chenab River at Drabshala, about 25 Kilometre from this mountainous Township.

Second Mega Hydro Power Project in the district and third on River Chenab in Erstwhile Doda District, the 850 MW project is being developed on Build Own Operate and Transfer (BOOT) mode by a Hyderabad based GVK Company and is targeted to be completed in 5 years.

The State Power Development Corporation had invited on Tariff Based International Competitive Bidding for the 850 MW project  estimated to be completed at a cost Rs 5500 crore.

The Prime Minister said that the state has already been drawing   1664 MW power from the centre owned generating stations adding that the centre has decided to give additional 150 MW power to the state to overcome the seasonal power deficiency.

The PM described the laying of foundation of the new power project in the area as a new beginning in state¬ís endeavours to harness the huge 14000 MW power potential available in the state. He said   that so far projects generating only 2500 MW have come up in the state adding the Centre and state governments would make every endeavour to tap this huge potential.  

UPA Chairperson, Mrs Sonia Gandhi, Chief Minister, Jammu and Kashmir, Mr Omar Abdullah, Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare, Mr Ghulam Nabi Azad, Members Parliament, Ambieka Soni and Lal Singh and Choudhary Lal Singh, besides Minister for R&B, Abdul Majid Wani, Minister of State For Home,  Sajjad Ahemd Kitchloo, MLAs, Mohammad Sharief Naz and G M Sarroori  were also present on the occasion.

The PM also mentioned that NHPC owned Nimo Bazgo and Chuttak power projects in Ladakh are supplying   89 MW power generated in these projects to the state itself.  He also said that the proposed Uri II power project in Baramulla would also be commissioned in near future adding that Rs 1629 crore project to lay Transmission line from Kashmir to Leh is under active consideration of the centre.

He also made a mention about adoption of 5 ITIs by National Hydro Power Corporation (NPHC) for infrastructural Development and said it was mulling to adopt two more such Institutions in near future. He said besides, NHPC has also decided to establish a Hydro Training Institute at Kangan for which it has already signed a MoU with the state government.

Asserting that peace and tranquillity are essential for development, the Prime Minister said that peace is gaining roots in the state and the year 2012 witnessed lowest incidents of violence in last two decades. However, he said that the incidents like one which happened yesterday in Srinagar are needed to be stopped completely. 



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