Himachal Chief Minister stressed upon the need to undertake execution of identified mini and micro hydel projects in the rural areas and added that Prime Minister would be approached to expedite construction of the Rohtang Tunnel. He was addressing a public meeting at Sissu in Lahaul Sub-Division of Lahaul and Spiti district on the first day of his two-day long visit to the valley today.
He laid the foundation stone of PHC building estimated to be constructed at a cost of Rs. 47 lac and also inaugurated Chandra Valley Micro Hydel Project office at Sissu.
Chief Minister lauded the endeavour of the local people to form their own Cooperative societies for harnessing the available identified hydel potential. He said that his Government had earmarked micro hydel projects up to 2 MW exclusively for the local people, Cooperative Societies and joint ventures while locals were being given added preference in hydel generation upto 5 MW. He said that young entrepreneurs of the State would take inspiration from Chandra Valley Micro Hydel Project Society and come forward to execute all such identified projects.
Chief Minister said that Lahaul Valley had vast hydel potential for exploitation where a number of mini and micro hydel projects were viable for execution. He said that local youth should come forward, form Cooperative Societies, joint ventures and become partners in the progress of the State so that identified hydel potential was exploited to the optimum to earn income for the State besides meeting the local power requirements. He said that youth would be able to find employment avenues in the same.