250 hydro projects out of 269 allotted to Himachalis in 3 yrs
- 250 hydro projects out of 269 allotted to Himachalis in 3 yrs
Tribune News Service
Shimla, August 7
The state started allotment of small hydroelectric projects (up to 5 MW) in 1995 but so far only 44 projects of aggregate 172.55 MW capacity, out of the total small hydro potential of 2,000 MW, have been commissioned.
The government has reserved projects up to 2 MW capacity for bonafide Himachalis and co-operative societies, while preference will be given to Himachalis in projects up to 5 MW.
Over the past three years, 269 hydro projects of 511.34 MW have been allotted, out of which 250 projects of 435.74 MW have been given to Himachalis.
Implementation agreements had been signed for 55 projects with aggregate capacity of 175.85 MW.
HIMURJA, nodal agency for small projects, has been assigned 19 projects of 76.10 MW capacity, of which, 16 projects of 61.28 MW were found to be viable.
So far, the detailed project report in respect of 13 projects had been prepared and techno-economic clearances were accorded by the Directorate of Energy.
The 900-KW Saach Project in Pangi has started a trial run, while the 400-KW Billing Project, near Keylong, is likely to be commissioned later this year.
The Solar Energy Programme has also been given a major thrust and 216 solar power plants of 2 KW each are being installed at 102 police stations and 114 police outposts shortly.
Besides, two energy parks are being developed at Dr YS Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry, Nauni, and National Institute of Technology, Hamirpur. Shimla and Hamirpur are to be developed as solar cities.
Passengers remain stranded on NH-20 for 12 hours
Tribune News Service
Mandi/Kullu, August 7
Over six bus routes at Drang in Mandi remained suspended for buses and Ani subdivision remained cut off from the district headquarters, Kullu, as the landslide in the Kot Nullah between the Khanag and Jalori Passes kept blocking the Banajar-Ani highway for the past 20 hours.
Passengers remained stranded on the Mandi-Pathankot National Highway-20 for over 12 hours and on the NH-21 at 5 Meel, near Mandi, for four hours as landslides blocked several stretches between Ghatta and Guma on NH-20 and between Mandi and Pandoh.
The HRTC suspended its bus services to Thaltukhod, Barot and Shivabadar in Drang today as HRTC buses remained stuck there due to landslides. The Neri-Nablai and Mandi-Duki roads remained breached due to landsides.
Though the HRTC claimed that they had started transshipment of passengers from the Kot Nullah in Ani subdivision, villagers resented that they could not transport essentials and their produce to markets as the PWD had yet to restore the highway.
NH-20 Executive Engineer PC Katoch said the highway was restored at around 12.30 pm today.
There was heavy rain in the Jogindernagar belt last night that in turn triggered landslides on the highway, he added. After the flash flood in the Sambal Nullah yesterday, massive boulders fell on the highway at 5 Meel, near Pandoh, that blocked the highway till 9 am.