The 1020 MW Bursar hydroelectric project has finally gained momentum with the wildlife clearance for the project expected soon. In a review meeting, the power ministry stated that wildlife clearance is pending for the project. The Jammu & Kashmir government informed that the State has sent the proposal to the environment ministry and assured to provide details to enable power ministry to follow up with the environment ministry.
Earlier this year, the site for dam for the project was also finalized by the Water ministry. The dam for the project will come up at Pakal. Following the finalization of the dam site, NHPC has started the preliminary works on preparation of the detailed project report for the Bursar project.
Bursar hydroelectric project, the only storage scheme on tributary of River Chenab, has been stuck for last many years due pending clearances and lack of proper security cover. NHPC had stated that good security cover is required as drilling works involve use of explosives. The State government ensured provision on proper security cover for the project.
Bursar project envisages construction of four units of 255 MW each. The storage system of the power project is expected to be used for additional power generation during the lean flow months. The project is expected to generate 2018.04 million units in a 90 per cent dependable year.
The project will also benefit the downstream projects — Pakal Dul, Dulhasti, Ratle, Baglihar, Sawalkot and Salal hydroelectric projects. The total estimated cost of the project is Rs.4378.19 crore.