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World bank's report on Baglihar project will come on Feb 12

The World Bank report is the outcome of the study made by the World Bank appointed expert, reports Arun Joshi.

india Updated: Jan 30, 2007 19:04 IST
Arun Joshi

The World Bank's final determination report on 450-MW Baglihar hydro-electric power project will come on February 12, said State's Power Minister Nawang Rigzin Jora.

The project is scheduled to be commissioned by December this year, Jora said.
The World Bank report is the outcome of the study made by the World Bank appointed expert, a Swiss Professor Raymond Lafitte, who had visited the project on the river Chenab in Doda district of Jammu and Kashmir in October 2005.

His final report would decide the fate of the project.

Jora said that the government had already been intimated about the three recommendations of the report, (a) bringing down of the crust level by 1.5 meters, (b) raising of parapet wall around crust by 1.2 metres and (c) raising of the power intake source by three metres.

"We are consulting our consultants IIT Roorkie on all these recommendations," Jora told Hindustan Times. But, Jora had no clue about the final report of the World Bank.

Raymond Lafitte had visited the Baglihar project for two days from October 1, with teams of India and Pakistan to assist him.

While Pakistani team had told him about the objections that the dam height was more than what could have been permitted under the provisions of the Indus Water Treaty, the Indian side had maintained that it had adhered to the Treaty in letter and spirit. The dam height is at 144.5 meters.

This project is the first project that is being constructed under the State sector. The work on the project was first under taken by the National hydro-electric Projects Corporation (NHPC) in 1980s, but it could not do much until 1999, when the state government took over.

It was originally scheduled to be commissioned in December 2005 at the cost of Rs 3800 crore. But the delays caused by floods and difficulties in tackling the fragile terrain, has deferred its commissioning till December 2007. Accordingly, the cost has gone up to Rs 5,000 crore.

Email Arun Joshi: a_joshi957@rediffmail.com