Kiru Hydro Electric Project approved

In order to continue with approving projects with ambitions to give fillip to power production in which Prime Minister Narendra Modi takes keen interest, the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs has approved the Kiru Hydro Electric Project over River Chenab in Kishtwar district of Jammu. This project , it may be recalled , had been held up for considerable period of time and now it has been given approval by the Central Government and Governor’s administration too has shown keen interest and extended requisite cooperation in the matter. Reckoned at July 2018 price levels , the project was going to cost Rs. 4288 crore. Chenab Valley Power Projects Private Limited (CVPPL) is in overall charge of the project, a joint venture Company amongst NHPC Jammu and Kashmir State Power Development Corporation and others with defined equity share holdings.
Northern Grid’s power pool would be supplemented with the production of power from this yet another prestigious project, once completed by the year 2024, and is loaded with improving the living conditions of the remote , far flung and hitherto neglected and backward areas of the state by ensuring their speedy development. Series of starting new and held up projects in the area of power development in and around Jammu and Kashmir would herald an era of meeting domestic demand for power, more or less on cent percent basis. Hardly any stress needs to be laid that a sort of dormancy had crept in starting of those projects which had the potential and promise to change for the better the power scenario in Jammu and Kashmir and were not moving ahead due to one reason or the other and it is a natural corollary that unless the state Government takes the initiative seriously and impresses upon the Central Government for assistance including financial , things cannot move. The state must stand on its own feet like our neighbouring state Himachal Pradesh in generating and meeting power requirements instead of always looking to the centre to bail it out of the power crisis.