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Hydel schemes face power generation crisis

Our correspondent
Tribune News Service

Pitthoragarh, May 15
No rain-like condition in the hilly region of the state this mid summer has caused drinking water shortage and crisis of electricity generation in those mini and micro hydro electric schemes which are aimed at provide electricity to villages which are difficult to be covered by electricity from big schemes.

This was stated by Uttarakhand State Renewable Energy Development Agency (Ureda) sources.

“We have 29 micro hydel schemes in the hilly district of the state. Out of these almost every scheme has come down to 15 to 40 per cent of its installed electricity generating capacity during this season,” said AK Tyagi, Chief Project Officer, Ureda, Uttarakhand. According to the officer out of 29 projects of 3.127 MW capacity under the agency, only one scheme is closed due to renovation work. [more]