Weak Monsoon To Cause Target Shortfall In Hydropower Generation – Dhumal

Shimla: Electricity generation, a major revenue earner for Himachal, is likely to fall far below the years target as a weak monsoon has heavily impacted generation at the state hydropower plants, chief minister Prem Kumar Dhumal let the Vidhan Sabha know during question hour.

Responding to a question by about power generation the chief minister said that against a target of 1933.27 million units for 2007-08, the states 466 MW capacity plants achieved a generation of 1864.92 MU, in 2008-09 against a target of 1825 MU a generation of 2062.81 MU was recorded but in the current year upto end of June 511.541 MU was achieved which was below the target for the period.

In absence of Kaul Singh Thakur, the question was raised by Gangu Ram Musaffir (congress). To a supplementary raised by GS Bali (congress), Dhumal said that the transmission and distribution losses at 13.52 % were less than that of other states and due to a weakened monsoon, the years electricity generation would fall below the target set.

The chief minister said that the revenue generated from sale of electricity was governed by the tariff order passed by the HP state electricity regulatory commission and was complex to tabulate as different rates for different categories were applicable.

He said that projects with 1000 MW capacity generation had been awarded to HP power corporation, a government entity.

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