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.Â 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.