Power Minister inaugurates diversion of Marusudar river at Pakal Dul HE Project

Power Minister inaugurates diversion of Marusudar river at Pakal Dul HE Project
Union Minister, Power, New and Renewable Energy RK Singh. [File]ANI

New Delhi: Union Minister, Power, New and Renewable Energy RK Singh on Tuesday virtually inaugurated the Diversion of Marusudar River of Pakal Dul Hydro Electric Project in Kishtwar district.

The Minister congratulated the entire team of CVPPPL, NHPC and JKSPDC for successful achievement of this crucial milestone of river diversion and also advised to work in a planned manner to expeditiously complete the construction works of Coffer Dam and Concrete Face Rockfill Dam for overall completion of project within scheduled time, said a statement.

He appreciated the entire team for working hard in tough climatic conditions in far flung areas. He advised that accelerated development of hydropower projects is essential for grid balancing and generating peak power and Pakal Dul HE Project will contribute significantly in fulfilling the target of 450 GW Renewable energy by 2030. The Minister assured that through this project, investment of Rs 8212 crores is being made in the region which will provide direct and indirect employment opportunities and will help overall development of the local inhabitants.

Alok Kumar, Union Secretary Power, Rohit Kansal, Principal Secretary, PDD, GOJK, AK Singh, CMD, NHPC, Suresh Kumar, Chairman, CVPPPL and other senior officers of Power Ministry and State Administration attended the function, the statement said.

The Principal Secretary, PDD, Government of J&K assured continuous support of J&K administration in achieving the scheduled milestones of Hydropower projects and paid his gratitude to the Union Minister for taking keen interest in the overall development of the region.

Pakal Dul HE Project (1000 MW) is being constructed by Chenab Valley Power Projects Ltd., a joint venture company of NHPC Ltd and JKSPDC. CVPPPL has been entrusted 3094 MW Hydro Power Projects for construction in J&K. Marusudar River is a major tributary of Chenab River. Diversion of the river will pave the way for acceleration in construction activities of the Project. The completion of the project shall be boon to the overall development of the region and lead to improvement in socio economic conditions of the people.

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