Governor establishes committee for harnessing small hydro potential

Governor establishes committee for harnessing small hydro potential

JAMMU: Governor N N Vohra on Saturday established a High Level Committee (HLC) to examine and resolve all pending issues and remove all impediments in ensuring maximum-possible harnessing of the small hydro potential in the state.
The committee would be headed by financial commissioner, Planning and Development department, and principal secretary, Forests, an official handout issued here said.
Commissioners for Finance and Power Development department, and secretary, Science and Technology department would be its members, it said.
“This HLC will be empowered to examine and resolve all pending issues and remove all impediments to ensure maximum possible harnessing of the small hydro potential in the state.
“The HLC will also revisit the existing institutional framework, including the feasibility of improving institutional interface with J&K SPDC and identify steps for capacity building in the JAKEDA, to enable it to effectively carry out its mandate,” the handout said.
The decision was made in a review meeting held at Rah Bhavan Jammu, it said.
Vohra, according to the handout, has directed that all existing impediments in effectively harnessing the small hydro, wind energy, and solar power potential in the state should be removed immediately.
He reviewed all issues related to the harnessing of new and renewable energy resources in the state.
The meeting, attended by top administrative officials, also discussed the enhancement of  JAKEDA’s mandate to execute small hydro projects beyond the present 2 MW; strengthening JAKEDA’s institutional framework and capacity; urgent finalisation of roof-top solar policy; development of Solar Power Parks; and signing of Power Purchase Agreements for the power produced by the Independent Power Producers (IPPs).
The HLC, the handout said, would also extend requisite support to JAKEDA for accord of single window clearance for the IPP projects bid out from time to time till the award of contracts.
It will also examine various policy issues relating to fixation of tariff and signing of PPAs by JAKEDA, and all other related issues, and closely monitor and review progress.
The committee would have to send monthly progress reports to the governor.

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