Regretting that Uttarakhand is buying power despite having huge hydroelectricity potential, Chief Minister Vijay Bahuguna on Saturday said the state will expedite work on undisputed hydel projects and begin construction at the stalled ones.

“It is unfortunate that despite the state’s tremendous hydel potential, Uttarakhand has to buy power from outside. Efforts are on to speed up work on projects over which there is no dispute, and also resume work on the stalled ones after obtaining environmental clearances,” Mr. Bahuguna said.

He was speaking at the “bhumi poojan” ceremony of certain wings of the 120 MW Vyasi hydel project here.

Mr. Bahuguna said the Lakhwar hydel project will be launched soon and negotiations will start with Himachal Pradesh government to expedite the long-awaited Kisau hydro-electricity project.

Assuring that small-scale hydel projects with a capacity to provide 400 MW of power will be launched soon, the CM said these projects will lead to faster development of the areas where they are located, besides generating job opportunities for local youth.