Nod for 66 MW hydropower project in Himachal

February 11th, 2011 - 10:59 pm ICT by IANS  

Shimla, Feb 11 (IANS) A 66 MW hydropower project being developed by the Satluj Jal Vidyut Nigam Limited (SJVNL) in Himachal Pradesh’s Hamirpur district has got the nod from the central government, a company official said Friday.The Dhaulasidh hydroelectric project has got the pre-environment clearance from the environment and forests ministry and would be commissioned by 2015, project head Sushil Mahajan said at a Bharat Nirman public information campaign organised at Dehra town in Kangra district.

He said the project, to be constructed with an outlay of Rs.495 crore, would not displace anyone.

“It would partly affect 41 households that have been compensated by the company,” he added.

SJVNL, a joint venture between the central government and Himachal Pradesh, is supplying electricity to nine northern states - Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh, Himachal Pradesh, Delhi, Jammu and Kashmir, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand.

In May last year it got listed on the Bombay Stock Exchange and National Stock Exchange.

SJVNL, which commenced commercial generation at its 1,500 MW maiden project in 2003 in Nathpa Jhakri in Kinnaur district, is implementing 10 hydropower projects, including four in Himachal, to add 4,000 MW of capacity.

It is also executing one project each in Nepal and Bhutan, the official said.

Its second mega hydropower project, the 412 MW Rampur hydroelectric project in upper Shimla, would be completed by early 2013.

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