34 hydel projects under execution in Chenab valley: Govt

JAMMU: Jammu and Kashmir government on Wednesday said that there are 32 hydel projects under execution in Chenab valley, while as 32 projects with the capacity of 2813.46 megawatts are operation across state.
The information was given by the Minister of State for Power, Vikar Rasool while replying to a clubbed question by Naresh Kumar Gupta, Syed Asgar Ali and Sham Lal Bhagat in the Legislative House. He said among the total power projects operational in the J&K, 21 projects with capacity of 761.96 MW are in State Sector, 7 projects with capacity of 2009 MW in Central sector and four projects with capacity of 42.5 MW in private sector. He said that there are four hydel projects including Baglihar-I, Bhaderwah, Dulhasti and RanjalaDunadi in operation in erstwhile Doda district.  The Minister  said the DPRs of 1856 MW Sawalkote HEP has been submitted to CEA for TEC which is under appraisal and  concurrently Geological Investigation works and Environmental Impact Assessment studies are under way. He said 850 MW Ratle HEP has been awarded to M/S GVK Developmental Project Pvt Limited through competitive bidding process. The project is presently under implementation and is targeted to be completed in 2017.
The Minister informed that 190 local and non- local youth have been engaged by GVK and its sub- contractors. He said the developers and their sub- contractors have been advised by the JKSPDC to give priority to locals while making recruitments in order of preference to people whose land comes under the project, people belonging to the concerned village, neighbouring villages, concerned administrative blocks, district, adjoining district and people of the State.  He said 23 subcontractors/ vendors have been engaged by M/S GVK and M/S L&T for carrying out various works and providing services, out of which 22 are from J&K State.

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