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Himachal taps 6,470-Mw hydel power

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DhumalRich in hydro-electricity potential, Himachal Pradesh has so far tapped 6,470 Mw of the total potential of 23,000 Mw. This was stated by the state's Chief Minister P K Dhumal in a written reply in the state Assembly. "Till date the state sector has tapped almost 467 Mw, the central sector 3,991 Mw, joint sector 1,500 Mw.While the private sector has a share of 412 Mw and the state-run Himurja dealing micro projects has tapped 100 Mw," Dhumal said.

"The entire potential of 23,000 Mw is expected to be tapped by 2024-25," he informed the House.

In a written reply to another question about hydel projects which have stopped generation, he said the Gumma and Bassi hydel projects were shut down.

While the Gumma project has been closed since June 2009 due to water leakage in the power channel, the Bassi project has been shut down since October last year due to renovation and upgradation work.

The Himachal Pradesh economy is expected to grow by 9 percent this fiscal, higher than the national estimate of 8.6 percent, Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal said Tuesday.

‘The per capita income is estimated at Rs.58,493 for 2010-11,' Dhumal said quoting the state's economic survey that was tabled in the assembly.

He said the state had achieved a growth rate of 7.4 percent in 2008-09, which reached 8.1 percent in 2009-10 and is likely to grow by 9 percent in 2010-11.

‘The per capita income increased to Rs.50,365 in 2009-10 from Rs.46,019 in 2008-09,' said Dhumal, who also holds the finance portfolio.

However, the growth of primary sector that included agriculture, forestry and mining, was minus 5.7 percent, mainly due to the adverse weather conditions.

But the secondary and tertiary sectors grew by 12.2 percent and 11.6 percent, respectively, the report added.

During 2009-10, food production registered a decline of 17 percent against the previous year.

‘The food production was 10.17 lakh tonnes against the production of 12.27 lakh tonnes in 2008-09. However, this fiscal, the production is expected to be 15.80 lakh tonnes,' the survey said.

Source- Business standard

 

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