Jammu and Kashmir government has drawn up a road map for huge capacity addition programme of about 8000 MWs hydro power generation in the next ten years through different ventures in the state.
A number of projects have already been taken up while bidding for award of contract has been either concluded or in process in other projects, officials said here today.
They said the construction work of Baglihar II, Uri II, Nimo Bazgo, Chutak and Kishan Ganga power projects having total capacity of 1959 MWs have already been taken up and implementation of 1000 MW Pakaldull, 93 MW new Ganderbal, 48 MW Lower Kalani, 37.5 MW Parnai power projects have commenced with bidding for award of contract either concluded or in process.
Officials said implementation of 1850 MW Sawlakote, 240 MW Kirthai-I, 990 MW Kirthai-II, 600 MW Kiru and 520 MW Kawar power projects have also been set in motion, in this regard the Detailed Project Report (DPR) preparations and clearances is in progress.
With the proposed capacity addition, J&K is optimistic about achieving its dream and objective of being a net power exporter in future, he added.
They said that government also endeavours to exploit renewable energy in the state and has initiated setting up of 5 MW technology demonstration-cum-resource assessments Geothermal project at Pugah Leh for which bidding process has been completed.
Minister of State for Power Shabir Ahmad Khan said for strengthening of intra-state transmission and distribution systems substantial achievements have been made through the flagship Prime Minister's Re-construction Programme, under which construction and augmentation of Grid Stations, new Transmission Lines and thickening of conductor of existing lines are being carried out in the state.
He said the power infrastructures are also being upgraded under Centrally Sponsored Schemes like APDRP & RGGVY.
Saying that Hydro Power is a renewable, economic and eco-friendly source of energy, Mr Khan reiterated state government's commitment to make the J&K self-reliant in electricity and to provide hydro energy to other states in near future.
He said government is attaching significant importance to the development of hydro power potential which can bring a turnaround in the state's economy and power situation.
Development of hydro electric projects requires substantial investments and the objectives of rapid development of hydro power potential cannot be met by state funding alone, Mr Khan said and added that State has, therefore, to look at alternative investment possibilities like private partnership, state funding of projects and private sector investments.
He said recognising this; the government has already laid down implementation architecture for execution of the projects through these modes.
The minister said hydro convention provides an ideal opportunity for discussing the issues and concerns faced by the States and private developers in implementations of hydro power projects.
He said it would be the responsibility of the state and central authorities to consider the recommendations of the experts presented during conference for rapid hydro power development.The minister said 'Jammu and Kashmir is a hydro power state and I share the concerns of other states and am sure that like us other states are alive to their responsibility of exploiting all their hydel potential for not only all round development of their respective states but whole country,' he said and added "there are impediments that have to be overcome."
He said clearances by the central agencies are a major area of concern at the time taken in the process is long.
The state has to contend with Indus Water Treaty implications as well, without diluting requirement of adequate mechanism to ensure safety of people and environment as the projects are coming in the public domain, he said adding 'it is for the governments to think of a better, well coordinated and time bound approach to ensure that the flowing water betters our lives and we do not let go it go waste.'
The minister said 'We still have to import nearly 90 per cent of power requirements, which resorts heavy curtailment during winter.'
He hoped that the initiative for rapid expansion of power generation would specifically lead to new approaches and channelization of more investment in hydro power generation in the state.