By: Vijay Kumar Verma, Group Editor-ICN World
SHIMLA : Union Minister of Home Affairs, Amit Shah today presided over the Ground Breaking ceremony for 210 MW Luhri Stage – I Hydro Electric Project and 66 MW Dhaulasidh Hydro electric project being implemented by public sector SJVN Limited in Himachal Pradesh, at Shimla in the presence of Governor of Himachal Pradesh Bandaru Dattatraya and Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh Jai Ram Thakur.
On this occasion Union Minister of State for Finance Anurag Thakur, Member of Rajya Sabha, J.P. Nadda, State Education Minister, Suresh Bhardwaj, state Industries Minister, Bikram Singh were also present. The Government of Himachal Pradesh organized the First Ground Breaking Ceremony as a part of Rising Himachal Global Summit for fast-tracking the implementation of MoUs worth Rs.10,000 crores signed during the summit.
Chairman & Managing Director, SJVN, Nand Lal Sharma, apprised the Union Minister of Home Affairs through models of projects that the two projects will contribute significantly towards overall growth of the state. The 210 MW Luhri Stage – I HEP is located on river Satluj in Kullu & Shimla districts, while 66 MW Dhaulasidh HEP is located on river Beas in Hamirpur & Kangra districts.
On completion 210 MW Luhri Stage – I HEP will generate 758 Million Units of electricity annually while 66 MW Dhaulasidh HEP will have the potential to generate 247 Million Units of electricity annually. The construction of these two projects will bring in an investment of around Rs.2400 crores and will generate employment for nearly 3500 persons.
The Union Minister of Home Affairs appreciated the contribution of SJVN in Indian Power Sector and development of Himachal Pradesh.
On this occasion R.K. Bansal, Director(Electrical) and Smt. Geeta Kapur Director(Personnel), SJVN were also present along with other senior officers from SJVN.