Heavy snowfall increases hydropower production in Himachal

Last Updated: Wed, Jul 06, 2011 16:00 hrs

In view of the high snowfall witnessed earlier this year in Himachal Pradesh, the hydropower generation has increased substantially in Kullu region.

R. K. Negi, a hydropower expert, said that with the increased volumes of water in the rivers and streams due to heavy snowfall, a bumper increase can be witnessed in the hydropower generation.

"Last winter, we had heavy snowfall as compared to the previous years. Due of this, all the rivers and streams have swollen up, so, the volume of water in the rivers and streams has increased considerably. It will benefit all these projects, especially mini projects. They would not have any problems where the generation is concerned and there will not be any lack of water for these projects," he said.

Negi said that with the 40 percent increased snowfall, they have been attracting large number of investors to the state for power projects.

"Himachal has been supplying electricity to the northern grid. In the northern grid, we have Punjab, Haryana, Rajasthan, Chandigarh and Delhi etc and this way Himachal has been contributing in a great way to the development of this country. We have been attracting so many companies and other investors to establish their power projects here. So I think, in this way Himachal has played a great role for the country and for state," he said.

B. M. Nanta, Deputy Commissioner, Kullu, said that besides the hydropower generation, the state government does not possess sufficient means of generating revenue. Hence, the hydroelectric projects hold immense importance for the development of the state. The hydroelectric potential of Himachal Pradesh is about 21,000 to 22,000 Megawatts. Till now, we have not even exploited half of it. Since government has limited means of earning, so the motive of the government is that the hydroelectric projects should be commissioned and completed soon. Electricity generation should start at the earliest, so, the income of Himachal Pradesh increases and other states of the country also receives enough electricity," he said.

The state government is aspiring to generate 23,000 MW by 2020 and has already touched the half mark level.

The increase in production will provide an impetus to the economy of the state, which largely depends on the hydroelectricity generation and tourism. (ANI)

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