SRINAGAR: Jammu and Kashmir possesses a hydel power generation potential of 20,000 Megawatts (MW), as revealed by the ‘JK Vision Document 2047.’ Despite this capacity, a mere 3504.90 MW has been harnessed to date, leaving a substantial untapped potential of 16500 MW.

The Planning Department and Monitoring Department, as outlined in the Vision Document, emphasise the considerable scope for developing both small and large-scale hydro projects in the next 25 years. This endeavour would necessitate an investment of approximately Rs 20,000,0 Cr, based on the prevailing project landscape.

In addition to power generation, the document underscores the need to enhance capacities in the transmission sector. The approach suggested includes the adoption of the TBCB route or the formation of joint ventures for the execution of forthcoming transmission projects.

The document highlights ongoing studies aimed at determining the most suitable model for the privatization of distribution functions in J&K, to enhance efficiency in the distribution sector.

Amidst a multitude of power infrastructure development initiatives in the pipeline, the document anticipates a surge in employment opportunities for the youth in J&K.

However, Principal Secretary Power Development Department (PDD), H Rajesh Prasad, was unavailable for comment on the matter. (KNO)

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