7 Hydel Power Projects Put On EPC Mode In JK

Jammu, Jan 2: The Jammu and Kashmir Government Wednesday said seven hydel power projects in the state with combined installed capacity of 1,036 MW have been put on the public- private partnership route in the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) mode.
The financial closure of Baglihar Hydro-electric Power 450 MW Phase-II has been achieved, an official spokesman said here today. The tendering process of 93-MW New Ganderbal, 48-MW Kalnai and 390 MW Karthai has been initiated by State Power Development Corporation, he added.
During the year, three projects under joint venture company with total capacity of 2,120 MW in Chenab Basin have been tendered out, he said, adding that Pakuldul with 1,000 MW capacity under IPP mode and up-gradation of Ratle HEP from 690 MW to 850 MW have been sanctioned.
The state government has extended Restructured Accelerated Power Development Reforms Project to 283 towns at an estimated cost of Rs 1,245.38 crore, he said.
About a dozen of grid stations have been completed and commissioned during 2012, while some are being completed by this fiscal end, he said, adding that re-bundling of power distribution and transmission system has been approved.
The activities undertaken in Roads and Bridges department, spokesman said as many as 81 new bridges have been taken up under Special Bridge Programme during the current year at a cost of Rs 1,096.63 crore.
As many as 44 bridges are likely to be completed by the end of this year, while 18 have already been completed by November end, the spokesman said.
Construction work on over 144 roads was started last year and all are likely to be completed within the targeted date, the spokesman said, adding that over Rs 304.50 crore have been spent last year to complete 100 schemes while equal amount is being spent during the current year to complete 92 road schemes and 15 bridges.
He added that over 3,000 km of road have been macadamised this year. The governemnt also declared Kargil-Zanaskar road and Baramulla-Rafiabad-Kupwara-Tangdar road as National Highways by Government of India, he said. (PTI)

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