The Himachal Pradesh government is set to allot 27 hydroelectricity projects of 722.4 megawatts (MW) combined tentative energy capability in the region of Chamba, Kangra, Lahaul-Spiti, Kullu, Shimla and Kinnaur districts.
It has invited bids from the private sector for the implementing these projects on a ‘build, own, operate and transfer (BOOT) basis.
The builders will be required to pay the government a royalty in the form of free power from the project in lieu of surrender of the potential site at 12 percent for the entire agreement period.
Of the 27 projects 9 are in Chamba, 7 in Kinnaur, 5 in Kullu, 2 on the border of Chamba and Kangra, and one each in Kangra, Lahaul-Spiti, and Shimla, besides on the border of Lahaul-Spiti and Chamba.
Detailed reports for 7 projects are ready while the preliminary feasibility studies (PFRs) and salient features of remaining projects are also available. The builders are free to dispose of the remaining power after meeting their royalty commitments and an additional free power at 1 per cent of the deliverable energy to be provided by the Project Proponent on account of local area development fund (LADF).
The project developer will have to ensure release of minimum environmental flow (e-flow) immediately downstream of the diversion structure of the project throughout the year at season-wise rates as recommended by the Union Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change (MoEF & CC). E-flow discharge will be monitored by the concerned department and agencies. The operation period of the projects will be 40 years from the Scheduled Commercial Operation Date (SCOD) of the project, where after, the project will revert to the state government free from all encumbrances and liabilities.