ENVIRONMENT MINISTRY OKAYS BAGHLIAR-II

‘450 MW Project To Start Generation In June 2015’

MUDDASIR ALI

Srinagar, Oct 22: The Union Ministry for Environment and Forests has cleared the execution of the 450-MW Baghliar-II hydro-electric project in Jammu and Kashmir.
Executive Director, State Power Development Corporation (SPDC), Zahoor Ahmad Chat said the construction of the project has been approved by the ministry’s high-power committee on power projects.
The SPDC owns Baghliar-II and 20 other power projects in J&K including 450-MW Baghliar-I. “The work is going on the project and it will be completed on the scheduled time,” Chat said.
The State Government has already secured lending support of Rs 1679.23 crore and Rs 500 crore respectively from Power Finance Corporation and JK Bank for construction of the mega project coming up at a cost of Rs 3113.19 crore.
Scheduled for completion in 2015-16, Baghliar-II would generate about 1300 million units of power annually.
Like 450 MW Baghliar-I, the Baghliar-II is also a run-of-the-river project, coming up in district Ramban on River Chenab.
A senior SPDC official said the dam already built for Baghliar-I would be used for the Phase-II of the power project. The construction of Baghliar-II involves two types of works- civil and electro-mechanical.
While the electro-mechanical part is being taken care of by Voithhydro Ltd, the civil works are being executed by New Delhi-based Jayprakash.
“The work is going ahead of the schedule and we are hopeful to start first unit (150-MW) in June 2015,” the official said.
The Government expects the project would address the power requirements of the State to a large extent.
At present, Jammu and Kashmir generates around 758 MW electricity from State-owned power projects including Baghliar-I. The actual requirement of energy is around 2400 MW. The shortfall is met by power purchase from northern Grid.
On the other hand, Government of India-owned National Hydro Power Corporation (NHPC) generates about 1700 MW from J&K.

Lastupdate on : Mon, 22 Oct 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Mon, 22 Oct 2012 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Tue, 23 Oct 2012 00:00:00 IST




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