Mumbai/New Delhi: Indian government plans to speed-up as much as quintuple development of hydroelectric power plant project located in the state of Jammu and Kashmir.
The local government of J&K plans to add additional 5,000 megawatts of power by using flow of its rivers in the coming 5-6 years, informed Nirmal Kumar Singh, state’s deputy chief minister and minister for the power-development department.
Over this project, neighboring country Pakistan has expressed its concerns about potential water shortages that might result, Singh said he doesn’t see the hydro plans to create any friction between the two nuclear-armed powers.
“There were lots of issues which we have cleared it now,” Singh said last week in an interview at his residence in Jammu, the winter capital of the state. “I don’t see any reason to arise because of this project for dispute with Pakistan.”
Pakistan has already put-up objections to some of the hydropower plans, stating water treaties between the two countries. They have plans to build more than 12 hydro-power dams of its own in the part of POK region.
On a data given by the power ministry, Jammu and Kashmir received 20 per cent lesser electricity supplies in seven months that ended on 31st October, whereas the national average was 0.7 per cent.
Such shortages could be relieved by hydro projects, which have the capacity to generate about 20,000 megawatts of additional electricity and can be set up on rivers running through the state’s mountainous terrain, Singh said. He also said that an additional 7,000 megawatts could be generated through solar projects in the desert of the Ladakh region.
The state’s government has put several hydro projects on a faster development track after few of them had been stalled for years, according to Singh. Jammu and Kashmir presently generates about 1,200 megawatts of hydro power, he told.