JK Will Be Power Surplus In Coming Times: Union Power Minister

SRINAGAR: Union Minister for Power, New & Renewable Energy, R K Singh who was on a visit to Kishtwar today inspected Dul Hasti Hydroelectric Power Project besides took stock of the construction of other power projects with a total generation capacity of 2554 megawatts in Kishtwar.

He was accompanied by Principal Secretary PDD, Rohit Kansal; CMD NHPC, Abhay Kumar Singh; Union Additional Secretary Power, S K G Rahate.

During his visit at 390 MW Dul-Hasti Dam site at Dool, the Minister reviewed the generation capacity of the power project besides assessing other related aspects of the project.

Speaking on the occasion, the Power Minister said that the government has taken commendable initiatives to harness the Hydroelectric Power Generation in the district. The Minister mentioned that people will witness a change in the power sector as Kishtwar is going to become a hub of Hydroelectric Power that will make Jammu and Kashmir power surplus.

Later, the Minister inspected the power house site of the 1000 MWs Pakal Dul Hydroelectric Project at Arzi. The project is jointly being built by the Chenab Valley Power Projects Private Limited, NHPC and J&K Power Development Corporation. The Minister inaugurated the concreting of the power house control block there.

Singh said that he is satisfied on the pace of the construction work at Pakal Dul Power House & stressed that the concerned officers must ensure completion of all ongoing works in a stipulated time following Covid19 SOPs so that these projects will be commissioned well in time so as tofulfil the Power Generation demand.

The Minister also took stock of the progress on implementation of the Area Development Plan in the adjoining areas of these projects and directed the District Administration to ensure the timely implementation of ADP for the benefit of PAFs.

Earlier, the Union Minister took an Ariel survey of upcoming HEPs in the district Viz. the dam site of the 1000 MWs Pakal Dul Hydroelectric Project at Dangduru Dachhan, 540 MW Kwar Project, and 624 MW run-of-the-river Kiru Hydroelectric Project.

DC Kishtwar, Ashok Sharma; General Manager Dulhasti Power Station, Nirmal Singh; SSP, Kishtwar, Shafkat Hussain Bhat; officers of Dulhasti Power Station, District Administration, CVPPPL and Ratle Hydroelectric Power Corporation were present.

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