State cancels 8 hydel projects

State cancels 8 hydel projects

The state government has cancelled eight controversial mini hydropower projects on Kaushalya and Ghaggar rivers in Chandigarh’s vicinity apparently after the intervention of the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO). The Haryana Energy Development Authority (HAREDA) cancelled the projects after reportedly finding them technically “non-feasible”.

In fact, HAREDA’s cancellation letter to one of the firms pointed out several deficiencies in the execution of the project, alleging that “the firm abandoned the site after April 2017 which was undesirable and there was a sense of fraud done by the firm.”

Under the State Policy for Promoting Generation of Electricity from Renewable Energy Sources, 2005, HAREDA had approved the setting up of the mini project to three firms in 2016. Read More

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