100 year old Mohra power project set for revival

Jammu and Kashmir government has set in motion process for revival of over 100-year old Mohra hydroelectric project in Baramulla district which has been defunct since 1992.
100 year old Mohra power project set for revival
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Jammu and Kashmir government has set in motion process for revival of over 100-year old Mohra hydroelectric project in Baramulla district which has been defunct since 1992.

An official said the revival of state's first hydroelectric project, constructed way back in 1905, has received impetus after national hydroelectric power corporation (NHPC) agreed to allow discharge of water from Uri first barrage.

J&K State Power Development Corporation (JKSPDC) has been looking at reviving the site as a heritage project since the plant became defunct.

"We are hopeful to make the plant functional with an increased power generation capacity of 9MW. The process for inviting tenders for restoration of the project is likely to take place later this year. The estimated cost of the project is Rs 120 crore," official said.

Minister for power, DrNirmal Singh said, "The consultant has been engaged for updating the detailed project report to maintain heritage of the project."

"For reviving the Mohra project, 11.33 cumecs of discharge, is required which needed to be released by NHPC from Uri Ist barrage. Only after receiving the assurance from the NHPC in 2017 for release of required discharge the updating of the DPR was revived by JKSPDC," he said adding that 9 MWs power will be generated by this plant.

The 9 MW Mohra power house was developed by JKSPDC in early 1905 and until 1992 it was operational.

"Due to generational loss and subsequent soaring repair cost, the running of this plant became expensive to operate," said another official adding that floods of 1992 proved to be the final nail in its coffin as after that the government didn't pay any attention towards its restoration.

The heritage project was constructed by European engineers in 1902-03 on the left bank of the river Jhelum on Srinagar-Muzaffarabad road at Boniyar in Uri.

The water conductor for the old project is a wooden flume approximately 11 km in length and a heritage conservationist is being consulted on possible revival options. 

Running along the left bank of the Jhelum in North Kashmir, close to the Line of Control, the flume served multiple purposes. While it catered to the needs of the villagers for irrigation purposes, it also fed into the power house and helped generate electricity.

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