Shimla: Facing green concerns, the state was able to obtain environment clearances from ministry of environment and forest (MOEF) for executing 130 MW Kashang hydroelectric project that is to come up on Satluj basin in Kinnaur highlands.
Chief minister Prem Kumar Dhumal, who is recuperating from an illness at Delhi in a communiquÃ© stated that MOEF had given clearance for the stage II & III of the Kashang project being executed by the HP Power Corp, a state enterprise.
Nod has also been obtained for diversion of 17.6857 hectares of forest land for construction of the project, he said.
The project when planned consisted of four stages that had a combined generation potential of 243 MW but work on stage I having a potential of 65 MW is already underway.
With three stages having obtained the green nod, the total investment involved for tapping the 195 MW is estimated at about Rs 1400 crores.
Stage IV of the project that has an potential of 48 MW is more or less an independent scheme that still has to get mandatory clearances.
While commissioning of Stage I of the project is scheduled for January 2013, the projects second and third stage are expected to come on stream by March 2015, a government spokesman said.