Himachal eyes 20,376 mw hydel power potential
By A Business Correspondent
Tourist state Himachal Pradesh may well be known as the power state by the turn of the next decade. Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal has said that the state was all poised to attain its identified potential of 20,376 mw over the next 10-15 years. "By harnessing the hydel potential, Himachal Pradesh would not only be able to become economically self-reliant but also meet the power requirement of north India."
The state is, however, aggrieved at the treatment meted out by the Centre. For one it is getting only 45 mw power from three mega projects of 2,780 mw put up by the Bhakra Beas Management Board. BBMB has constructed the 1,490-mw Bhakra project, 990-mw Beas Sutlej Link Project and 300-mw Pong Dam project in the state.
Besides getting a niggardly share of power the state has a grouse against not getting generation tax on the hydel power projects constructed in respective states. Addressing a combined meeting of state and Nathpa Jhakri Power Corporation officers last fortnight, the chief minister said there was a provision of levying generation tax on hydel power generation under Article 288 of the Indian Constitution which authorises state governments to get generation tax on hydel projects constructed in the state.
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