850 MW Ratle hydroelectric power project to be revived soon in J&K

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The 850-MW Ratle hydroelectric power project in Jammu and Kashmir, work on which was stalled for the past six years, will be revived soon, Union minister of state for power, Jitendra Singh said. The hydroelectric project is a run-of-river scheme located on river Chenab in Kishtwar district of the union territory.

The preliminary work such as construction of access roads and diversion tunnels was started in 2013 but the work got stopped due to various issues cropping up between the then government of Jammu & Kashmir and the company to which the contract of the project had been awarded, according to an official statement.

On the intervention and follow-up by Singh, the Union Ministry of Power has now, in consultation with the government of Jammu & Kashmir, made a revival plan for implementation of the power project, it said.

A Memorandum of Understanding has been signed between National Hydroelectric Power Corporation (NHPC) and the government of J&K, the statement issued by the minister’s office said.

With the revival of Ratle power project and work having already started on the two other projects at Pakkaldul and Kiru, Kishtwar district will become the nerve centre of power generation in Jammu and Kashmir.

The NHPC CMD briefed that a meeting for investment decision was held recently and subsequently joint meetings were was held under the chairmanship of Union Home Secretary and Cabinet Secretary respectively.

To expedite the process, the matter is also being taken up with the concerned authorities in the Union Territory government of Jammu & Kashmir, the statement said. Singh also reviewed the status of two other power projects of national importance, namely Pakkaldul and Kiru, coming up in Kishtwar. He was apprised that the work on these projects is in progress despite the constraints of lockdown.

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