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Web Exclusive | June 2013

Small hydel projects in Uttarakhand face hurdles

Some reports indicate that small hydro power projects totalling 6,000 mw in the Ganga river basin in Uttarakhand are affected by the recommendations of the BK Chaturvedi Committee.

Further, the eco-sensitive zone declared by the ministry of environment and forests (MoEF) has impacted power stations with a total generating capacity of 1,743 mw.

The government set up an inter-ministerial group following an agitation by environmentalists and religious leaders against the development of several hydel projects on the river Bhagirathi. The group reviewed a total of 69 hydropower projects with a capacity of more than 9,000 mw.

The committee recommended that no new hydropower projects be taken up beyond these 69 projects. The committee has set certain limitations on these 69 and also stopped the construction of power projects worth 6,000 mw.

The group recommended the construction of 3,000 mw of hydropower projects provided they abide by the strict environmental norms.

Companies affected included state-owned Uttarakhand Jal Vidyut Nigam (UJVN) and THDC India. Newly floated subsidiaries of NTPC, GVK and Larsen & Toubro are also affected by the adverse report on the hydropower sector.

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