Shimla: In a Cabinet Meeting presided by Prof. Prem Kumar Dhumal, it was decided to allot thirteen Hydro Electric Projects to IPPs (Independent Power Producers), having total capacity of 1,583.50 MW. Giving preference to Himachalis he said that no Upfront Premium from the State Domiciled IPPs, upto 5 MW, will be charged. However, they will be required to provide free power to the State as per the Power Policy provisions.
The allotment will bring Rs. 316.70 crore as Upfront Premium to the State Exchequer besides additional incentive of free power, over and above the mandatory 12 percent free power, ranging between 13.13 to 26.11 percent in consonance to the provisions of the New Power Policy of Himachal Pradesh. Projects include Riyoli/Dugali 420 MW; Saili, 320 MW; Duggar 236 MW; Saach Khas 149 MW; Miyar and Khoksar 90 MW each; Tingret 81 MW; Mane Nadang 70 MW; Lara 60 MW; Kuling Lara 40 MW; Siyul 13 MW; Kilhi Bahal 7.5 MW; and Shalvi 7 MW.
27 Self Identified Hydro Electric Projects with total capacity of 81.90 MW in Private Sector on BOOT (Built, Own, Operate and Transfer) basis was also allotted. It also permitted execution of 19 Small Electric Hydro Electric Projects, having capacity of 76.30 MW, under State Sector by HIMURJA which includes, Kothi Stage-II 1.5MW, Lower Sumez 3 MW, Tauhuk 3 MW in district Kullu; Sechigad 3.8 MW, Kareri 5 MW, Supin 5 MW, Tangnu 5 MW, Sundru 5 MW in district Shimla; Chanju Mehad 5 MW, Tanger Bhaled 5 MW, Chakka 5 MW, Kihan 5 MW, Mehled 4 MW and Hared 4 MW in district Chamba; Upper Neogal 5 MW in district Kangra; Sarogi 2.2 MW, Nakathana 2.1 MW in district Mandi; Jhaneti 2.5 MW in district Sirmour and Rupi (Tikada) 5 MW in district Kinnaur.
50 posts of medical specialists in anaesthesisa, gyanaecology, general surgery and ortho surgery in various health institutions, barring Shimla town, will be filled under Rogi Kalyan Samitis.
And, decided to rename the Government Degree College, Reckong-Peo, as Thakur Sen Negi Government Degree College, Reckong-Peo, Kinnaur.
A recommendation to convene the Budget Session of the Himachal Pradesh State Legislative Assembly from February 12 to 27, 2009 at Shimla, was also made.