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PM to dedicate 2 hydel power projects in J&K

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New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will dedicate to the nation tomorrow two hydel power projects in Leh and Kargil in Jammu and Kashmir .  These projects are: a 44 MW Chutak hydroelectric project in Kargil and a 45 MW Nimoo Bazgo project in Leh district. The  Prime Minister would also lay foundation stone for the first power transmission line from Leh to Kargil and Kargil to Srinagar.

The 45 MW Nimoo-Bazgo hydroelectric project is a run-of-the- scheme to harness the potential of river Indus in the Leh of Ladakh region of Jammu & Kashmir. The project is designed to generate 239 MUs of energy.

The power station is located on Indus in Leh of the Ladakh region of Jammu & Kashmir. The power station comprises a 57 m high concrete gravity dam, 3 intake structures on the power dam portion on bank (with respect to the direction of flow of the river) for diversion of water through 3.3 m diameter steel penstock of about 55.0 m long, a surface power house located at the toe of the dam on right bank and a short tailrace channel.  The power house has an installed capacity of 45 MW (3 x 15 MW).

Approval for the project was accorded on 24 August 2006 by the Government of India at an estimated cost of Rs 611 crore. However, on account of escalation, statutory charges and higher cost of award, the project cost has now been revised to Rs 985 crore. The composite tariff of the Nimmo-Bazgo power station is Rs 6.33 per unit for year 2013-14. All the units were commissioned at available load in June 2013, commencing commercial operation in October 2013 and beneficiary state for 100% share is Jammu & Kashmir.

44 MW Chutak hydroelectric project

The 44 MW Chutak hydroelectric project is located in the Kargil of Jammu & Kashmir. The barrage site is located about 14 km upstream of Kargil near village Sarzhe. The project is another run-off-the- scheme; it is situated on the river Suru, aimed at generating 216 MU in a 90% dependable year with installed capacity of 44 MW (4 x 11 MW) while utlising a rated head of 52 m developed by construction of a 15.0 m high barrage and through 4780 m long 5.9 m diameter horse shoe shaped head race tunnel. The Chutak project involves construction of 15 m high and 47.5 m long barrage near village Sarzhe and an underground power house on the bank of river Suru. The Power house & barrage sites are 9 km and 15 km away respectively from Kargil, on the Kargil-Zanskar road.

According to Pakistan, the Chutak and Nimoo-Bazgo hydropower projects in India are being built in violation of the water treaty. India denies the charge.

Approval for Chutak project was accorded on 24 August 2006 by the Union Government at Rs 621 crore. However, on account of escalation and statutory charges, the project cost has now been revised to Rs 894 Crore. The composite tariff of the Chutak Power Station is Rs 6.26 per unit for year 2013-14. Power generated from the project is being supplied to the Kargil of Ladakh region.

Leh-Kargil-Srinagar transmission system

The Power Grid Corporation of India, the central transmission utility under the Ministry of Power, Government of India, is implementing the Leh-Kargil-Srinagar transmission system for connectivity of Leh/Kargil area in Ladakh with the Northern Region Grid at 220 kV level for meeting demands of the Ladakh region.

The system includes a 375 km long transmission line at 220k v level from Alistong (Srinagar) to Leh via Kargil with four 220/33 kV substations at Drass, Kargil, Leh and Khalsti. This transmission system shall facilitate availability of power of about 100-150 MW in the Ladakh region.

Ladakh, of about 56,000 sq km area, comprising the Leh and Kargil districts, covers about 70% of the total area of Jammu and Kashmir and is one of the highest inhabitations in the world at an elevation of 2,400 m to 4,500 m above sea level. The difficult terrain has left the region isolated with no electrical connectivity with the rest of the National Power Grid. The power demand of the area is met by some local small micro hydel (14 MW) and diesel generators (12 MW). The region has been experiencing an energy shortage of about 95%. This transmission system shall be able to feed about 100-150 MW to the Ladakh region.

The prime minister had last month inaugurated the 240 MW Uri-II hydroelectric Project (HEP) located near the Line of Control (LoC) in the Baramulla district of the State.

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