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Himachal Pradesh cancelled 7 small Hydro Electric projects

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HP Chief Minister DhumalThe Himachal Pradesh Cabinet in its meeting held in Shimla decided to cancel allotment of 7 Small Hydro Electric Project(SHEP) for not complying to the terms and conditions laid down in the Memorandum of Understanding entered into with the State Government by the IPPs, forfeit their earnest money and bank guarantee for not starting the project construction work within the prescribed time frame.

The projects include Machhad-I, 3 MW; Machhad-II, 2 MW; Koot, 5 MW; in district Shimla; Anu, 2 MW; Chennari, 3 MW and Bakhli, 4.5 MW; in district Mandi; and Moujhi-III, 2.5 MW in district Kangra. It has also been decided to re-advertise the above projects to invite fresh proposals. Prem Kumar Dhumal, Chief Minister, presided over the Meeting.

Cabinet approved Policy Guidelines regarding processing and allotment of Self Identified Hydro Electric Projects and decided that the Department shall not accept any Self Identified Project till June, 30, 2009 and decide all previously received cases finally at its own level by this date. Allotment letter shall contain the condition that HPSEB shall have right to First Refusal for the power generated from all projects, except where the IPP intends to use it for captive consumption within the State of Himachal Pradesh.

It decided to amend the Industrial Policy of the State by incorporating Bio-Technology as leading industry and provide various incentives, except exemption in the electricity charges. It has also been decided to adopt liberal attitude for transfer of industrial plots/sheds in consonance with the Industrial Policy.

Source - Punjabnewsline

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