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SJVN bags projects in Bhutan, Nepal

Special Correspondent



In Nepal the company is allotted a 402 MW project

In Bhutan, two projects have been given to it



Shimla: Union Minister of State for Power Jairam Ramesh on Sunday said that Sutlej Jal Vidyut Nigam (SJVN), a joint venture between Himachal Pradesh and Power Ministry had bagged 1700 MW of major projects in Bhutan and Nepal making it an international player.

Making this announcement at a function to lay the foundation stone of SJVN’s corporate office here along with Chief Minister, Prem Kumar Dhumal, the Union Minister said that in Nepal the company had been allotted the 402 MW Arun III hydro power project for which the survey was going on. Similarly, in Bhutan, the JV had been awarded the 486 MW Kolongchu and 900 MW Wangchu hydro power projects.

The company would begin the work to prepare the detailed project report (DPR) by April this year.

Mr. Jairam said SJVN will emerge as a 6000-MW company by 2017 and was in contention for executing hydro power projects in Arunachal Pradesh. Stating that Himachal had done incredibly well on harnessing the hydro power potential, the Power Minister said that responding to Mr. Dhumal’s demand and as part of its social responsibility, the company would work with the State Government to set up an engineering college or a hydro electric training institute so that local people are educated there and employed in the projects around their area.

“I have also asked the National Thermal Power Corporation and the National Hydro Power Corporation to join hands with the State Government to execute similar projects. We need to respond to the local aspirations if our projects have to do well,” he added.

Mr. Jairam also complimented the Chief Minister for taking a major step in addressing environmental concerns by engaging a consultant to conduct an environment impact study of all the major projects in the State which was significant in view of the global warning and climate change battle.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Dhumal said no project can be successful without the participation of the local people and said that his Government was ready to provide land and building to the power PSUs to start the engineering college and hydro electricity training institute. “I have already instructed my officers to identity necessary land at Bilaspur and parts of Shimla district for this purpose,” he added.

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