Setting up of hydropower projects are becoming unviable due to escalated cost and local resistance. This was acknowledged by chief minister Jai Ram Thakur on Wednesday who informed the state assembly that earlier cost incurred on setting up the project used to come around Rs one crore per megawatt, but now it has increased to Rs 15 crore per MW.
He said Himachal Pradesh had the potential to generate 27,000 mega watt hydropower but, for now, the state aimed to harness maximum 23,000 MW.
Thakur said this during the ‘question hour’ while replying to Dalhousie MLA, Asha Kumari, of Congress who had asked about the number of mini & micro hydro electric projects been allotted to Suil River in Chamba district. Kumari also inquired about the capacity and progress of each project.
Thakur informed that 11 hydropower projects have been allotted to the state. However, Kumari was of the opinion that not even a single project was being implemented properly. Read more
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