J&K to get 12% of power generated as royalty
Srinagar: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit Kashmir in the first week of May to inaugurate the Kishanganga Hydroelectric Project in Gurez in Bandipora district. Modi will also visit Zoji-la to lay the foundation stone of the Zoji-la to Kargil tunnel.
Sources informed Kashmir Reader that a communiqué has been sent from the Prime Minister’s Office and the state government is waiting for the dates. “We are ready. All the groundwork has been done and the project is ready to go,” the sources said. “We have been informed that PM Modi will come in the first week of May and inaugurate the 330-MW power project.”
Jammu and Kashmir will get a royalty of 12% of the total power generation from the project.
Deputy Commissioner Bandipora Khurshid Ahmad Sanai said that all the three units of the Kishanganga Hydroelectric Project are fully commissioned after the synchronising of the third unit of 110 MW was done early this week.
He said the third unit (110MW) has been successfully synchronised with the grid and has also achieved its rated full load.
The first and second units were commissioned on March 13 and 21, respectively.
Last month, one of the headrace tunnels that drain water from the dam reservoir had developed seepage.
“Yes, there was seepage,” a senior officer of NHPC told Kashmir Reader. “The input was 65 cusecs of water and the output was only 64.5.”
He said that hydraulics engineers and geology and mining experts inspected the tunnel and the seepage was traced and treated.
The Kishanganga project is located at the center of Gurez valley. It has a 37-meter-high concrete-faced rockfill dam and an underground powerhouse. It is expected to generate 1,350 million units of power in a 90-percent dependable year.
The project diverted part of the Kishanganga river to the dam that feeds underground power stations in Bandipora. The discharge goes into a local rivulet and finally adds to the Jhelum discharge. NHPC calculations suggest that increased discharge would add more than 312 million units energy capacity to the downstream twin projects at Uri, both owned by NHPC (National Hydro Power Corporation).
The project cost the NHPC Rs 3,642.04 crore on 2007 price level