Himachal, Uttarakhand in togehter tap hydel potential



Shimla: Joint efforts would be made by the Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand governments to exploit available hydel potential in the two states, besides cooperating in all matters of mutual interest. This was disclosed by Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumalin a meeting held here last evening with his Uttarakhand counterpart Dr Ramesh Pokhriyal.

Satluj Jal Vidyut Nigam Ltd (SJVNL), a joint venture of the Union government and Himachal, has already undertaken execution of three hydro electric projects (HEP) in Uttarakhand. 252 MW Debsari, 60 MW Natwar Mori and 35 MW Utyashar projects have been allocated to SJVNL for execution in Uttarakhand and construction is likely to be started in near future.

Dhumal assured all possible help for exploitation of hydel potential to his counterpart so that Uttarakhand could also avail the expertise of the State. Pokhriyal said that his government was interested in entering into the joint venture for HEP and also in other sectors of public interest. He evinced keen interest in the presentation given by SJVNL about the hydel potential being exploited by them in Uttarakhand.

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