Himachal Allots 273 Mini Hydro Projects To State Entrepreneurs

Shimla: State Government had allotted 273 mini hydro electric projects out of 300 projects allotted recently to the entrepreneurs of the state with a view to make them partner in the progress of the State, especially in hydel power generation.

This was stated by Prof. Prem Kumar Dhumal, Chief Minister, while addressing a public meeting at Boh, in the remote interiors of Dhar Kandi area of district Kangra, after he dedicated 4 MW HEP constructed in private sector by Sodhi Brothers of Ayush Herbs today.

Chief Minister said that it had been the policy decision of the State Government to allot upto 2 MW of HEPs to the entrepreneurs while according preference in projects upto 5 MW capacity. He said that the State Government was endeavouring to inculcate entrepreneurship amongst the youth of the State so that besides finding themselves self employment avenues, they could also generate employment to other youth and add to their income.

Prof. Dhumal said that State had over 23,000 MW of identified hydel potential out of which only 6,650 MW had been harnessed and 15,000MW targeted by year 2015 and 20,000 MW by year 2020. He said that hydel power would be one of the major source of income to the State on exploitation of entire hydel potential available in the State.  He said that the State had earmarked upto 2 MW hydel projects exclusively to Himachali entrepreneurs.

Dr. Virender Sodhi, Chairman, Sodhi Brothers of Ayush Herbs, welcomed the Chief Minister and thanked him for dedicating the project to the people.

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  1. says: Vishal

    Well seems like good initiative by State Government but My Himchal should come out with the list of people who got these projects and procedure followed by state government. Did any time Government tried to promote these Projects with Non resident Himachali’s living in India and abroad. And most importantly credentials of people who got the projects their background as they will be making money from Himachali resources.
    There is very interesting case how Danish Government allots Wind Energy Mills to its citizens. Hope Concerned Authority in Himachal also takes some lessons.

    1. says: Avnish Katoch

      Vishal, a tough task. To get the list either we need to file RTI application or connect to govt departments which you can also understand is very difficult. I wish HP govt is transparent and list all these details on a website or at least reply to queries like these. HP is a small state and under huge debt and trying very hard to come out of RED. A message to govt officials: getting more and more loans from World Bank and ADB is not going to change the situation, if you are transparent and open for progressive investment then there are enough avenues and via MH we can open many doors but so far the attitude of HP govt is like a Big Boss with no money in pocket. Amazing 🙂

  2. says: bhupinder

    in india , it is biggest problems is getting proper data and actual project report from bureaucrate, it is sad 8% income of g d p is very frustrating,, destroy wing environment will cost whole public its agony and make people life valuable source of drinking water,air and soil totally unsuitable for majority of people, i am from dharmasala, the local revulets have totally given away to greed to mining and erosion, lot of soures of water have been shrinking and one day they will submerge with ground water like happened sindhu civilisation, we need sustainable ,eco friendly,,tourism is big assest if used with farsightedness , it can give all season parmenant income, if environment is destroyed,whole people as well their income sources will be effected, it is highly time to wake up and think for future and sustainable tools to develop this sensitive ,eco fregile state,

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