PM Dedicates Kishanganga Hydro Power Station at Srinagar
Prime Minister complimented the entire team of Kishanganga Hydro Power Station for braving extreme weather conditions and surpassing geographical and geological conditions and termed the commissioning of the power station as a major step towards meeting power requirements of J&K and other states.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi dedicated Kishanganga Hydro Power Station (330 MW) of NHPC to the nation held at Sher-e-Kashmir International Convention Centre, Srinagar in the presence of N N Vohra, Governor, J&K, Mehbooba Mufti, Chief Minister of J&K, Central Ministers Nitin Gadkari, Dr Jitendra Singh and R K Singh. From the State of Jammu & Kashmir, Kavinder Gupta, Deputy Chief Minister, Sunil Kumar Sharma, Minister for Power Development, Nazir Ahmed Khan, Dy Speaker, Dr Farooq Abdullah, MP and Muzaffar Hussain Baig, MP along with Ajay Kumar Bhalla, Secretary (Power), Government of India, Balraj Joshi, CMD, NHPC, Ratish Kumar, Director (Projects), NHPC, N K Jain, Director (Personnel), NHPC, M K Mittal, Director (Finance), NHPC, Senior Central & State Govt officers and other senior officers from NHPC were also present on the occasion.
In his address on the occasion, Prime Minister complimented the entire team of Kishanganga Hydro Power Station for braving extreme weather conditions and surpassing geographical and geological conditions and termed the commissioning of the power station as a major step towards meeting power requirements of J&K and other states. The Prime Minister thanked all concerned for their support in completion of Kishanganga Power Station. Earlier, R K Singh, Minister of State (I/C) for Power and New & Renewable Energy, Government of India welcomed the dignitaries and thanked all concerned for the support rendered for the completion of the project. Mehbooba Mufti, Chief Minister (J&K) also addressed the gathering and hoped that this power station would help in developing the region and state as a whole. Located in Bandipora District of J&K, the Kishanganga Power Station is a run-off-river scheme on Kishanganga river which was entrusted to NHPC for execution by the State Government through an MOU signed in July 2000 between J&K Government and Ministry of Power, Government of India. The project is covered by Indus Water Treaty 1960 between India & Pakistan and the right of India to construct the project was upheld by the Court of Arbitration at Hague in 2013.
The Power Station has an installed capacity of 330 MW (3 x 110 MW) and is designed to generate 1713 Million Units in a 90% dependable year. A 37 m high dam has been constructed at Gurez to divert water through a tunnel of length of 23.20 km, out of which 14.75 km has been executed using modern tunnel boring Machines. All units of the power station have been synchronized with the grid on 30th March 2018. The cost of the project is Rs. 5882 crore approx. The power station will provide 13 % free power to J&K (including 1% for Local Area Development Fund) worth around Rs. 133.6 crore per year.