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Uttarakhand shifts focus to small power projects

BS Reporter / New Delhi/ Dehra Dun July 05, 2007

After sanctioning mega projects as big as the 2,400 MW Tehri hydel project, the Uttarakhand government is now trying to focus on small power plants. These projects would be of .5 to 5 MW of capacity.

For this, the government has joined hands with Infrastructure Leasing and Finance Ltd (ILFS) to conduct a survey and identify the areas where such projects can be constructed.

The survey would be conducted in Nyar, Saryu, Ramganga and Kosi valleys, Additional Chief Secretary Indu Kumar Pandey said.

According to a rough estimate, the government would be generating more than 500 Mw of power once these small hydro projects are constructed in these valleys. [more]