Hydropower Project News Highlights :
- Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited Mandi, also known as ‘Chhoti Kashi recently
- In Himachal Pradesh, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has launched a Rs 11,000 crore hydropower project.
- The project, which had been in the works for nearly three decades, was made possible by the Prime Minister’s “vision of cooperative federalism,”
On a visit to Mandi, Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated and laid the foundation stone for hydropower projects worth Rs 11,000 crore, which will assist strengthen the state’s economy.
Visit to Mandi
Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited Mandi, also known as ‘Chhoti Kashi,’ on 27th December 2021 , where he inaugurated and lay the foundation stone for hydropower projects worth Rs 11,000 crore, which will support the state’s economy and supply additional power to the states.
One project that has been in the works for nearly three decades will benefit Delhi, which will be able to receive approximately 500 million cubic metres of water each year.
In a long woollen coat and hand gloves, Modi presided over the second groundbreaking ceremony of the Himachal Pradesh Global Investors’ Meet, which is intended to stimulate investment in the region by launching projects worth approximately Rs 28,000 crore.
It was December 2019 when the first groundbreaking ceremony took place in the state capital, with Union Home Minister Amit Shah in attendance. At the event, almost 100 investors were in attendance.
Jairam Thakur, the state chief minister, greeted the Prime Minister with a Himachali headgear and shawl. Modi was gifted with a traditional Chamba silver artefact while accompanying his Cabinet minister Anurag Thakur, who is from the state.
The celebrations, which included the recitation of Sanskrit’shlokas,’ also resembled the completion of the BJP’s four-year rule.
According to an official statement, the Prime Minister has been focused on fully utilizing the untapped potential of the country’s resources, with one of the first stages being to maximize the hydropower potential in the Himalayan region.
Renukaji Dam project
The foundation stone for the Renukaji Dam project was laid by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The project, which had been in the works for nearly three decades, was made possible by the Prime Minister’s “vision of cooperative federalism,” in which the Centre brought together six states — Himachal Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Rajasthan, Uttarakhand, and Delhi — to make the project a reality.
The 40 MW project will cost roughly Rs 7,000 crore to construct. It will generate electricity for the hill state and serve the national capital with 500 million cubic metres of water per year.
The Luhri Stage 1 Hydro Power Project : The foundation stone for the Luhri Stage 1 Hydro Power Project was also laid by the Prime Minister. The 210 MW project will cost around Rs 1,800 crore to construct. It will result in the production of more than 750 million kilowatt-hours of power per year.
The region’s neighbouring states will benefit from the contemporary and dependable grid assistance as well.
Dhaulasidh Hydro Power Project : The foundation stone for the Dhaulasidh Hydro Power Project was also laid by Modi. This will be Hamirpur district’s first hydroelectric project. The 66-megawatt plant will cost more than Rs 680 crore to construct.
It will result in the production of more than 300 million kilowatt-hours of power per year.
Sawra-Kuddu Hydropower Project : The Sawra-Kuddu Hydropower Project was launched by the Prime Minister. The 111 MW project cost roughly Rs.2,080 crore to construct. It will result in the generation of over 380 million units of power each year, as well as revenue of over Rs.120 crore for the state.
State’s Economy , Finance and Literacy
Himachal Pradesh is a state that falls under the special category. As a result, it is entitled to financial help from the Centre in the proportion of 90% grant and 10% loan, as opposed to non-special category states, which receive aid in the proportion of 30% grant and 70% loan.
The state has a higher literacy rate and infant mortality rate than the national average, according to social indicators like literacy rate and baby mortality rate.
The hill state’s economy is mostly based on tourism and horticulture, in addition to hydropower.