Kishtwar, Oct 14: Union Minister for Power, New & Renewable Energy, R. K. Singh who was on a day long tour to Kishtwar Thursday inspected Dul Hasti Hydroelectric Power Project besides took stock of the construction of other power projects with a total generation capacity of 2554 megawatts in Kishtwar.
He was accompanied by Principal Secretary PDD, Rohit Kansal; CMD NHPC, Abhay Kumar Singh; Union Additional Secretary Power, S K G Rahate.
During his visit at 390 MW Dul-Hasti Dam site at Dool he reviewed the generation capacity of the power project besides assessing related aspects of the venture. He was also briefed about the power scenario in the district.
Speaking on the occasion, the Power Minister said that the government has taken commendable initiatives to harness the Hydroelectric Power generation in the district and the people will witness a change in the power sector as Kishtwar is going to be a hub of Hydroelectric Power that would make Jammu and Kashmir power surplus.
Later, the Minister inspected the power house site of the 1000 MWs Pakal Dul Hydroelectric Project at Arzi that is jointly being built by the Chenab Valley Power Ltd; NHPC and J&K Power Development Corporation where he inaugurated the concreting of the power house control block there.
Showing satisfaction on the pace of the construction work at Pakal Dul Power House, Shri R. K. Singh stressed to the concerned officers to ensure completion of all ongoing works in a stipulated time besides ensuring strict adherence to all COVID-19 SOPs so that these projects will be commissioned well in time to fulfill the Power Generation demand.
He also took stock of progress on implementation of the area development plan in the adjoining areas of these projects and directed the District administration to ensure the timely implementation of ADP for the benefit of PAFs.
Earlier, the Union Minister took an Ariel survey of upcoming HEPs in the district Viz. the dam site of the 1000 MWs Pakal Dul Hydroelectric Project at Dangduru Dachhan, 540 MW Kwar project, and 624 MW run-of-the-river Kiru hydroelectric project.
DC Kishtwar, Ashok Sharma; General Manager Dulhasti Power Station, Nirmal Singh; SSP, Kishtwar, Shafkat Hussain Bhat; officers of Dulhasti Power Station, District Administration, CVPPPL and Ratle Hydroelectric Power Corporation were present—(KNO)