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India is planning to add around 1,305 Megawatt (Mw) of additional hydropower generation capacity in the current financial year, over 20 per cent lower as compared to 1,659 Mw added last fiscal.
The last year’s target stood at 1,714 Mw. This year, the government is expecting 1,000 MW to be commissioned through its four Public Sector Undertakings (PSUs) projects while the rest 305 MW are expected to from the private sector.
“Of the 1,305 MW capacity planned this year, 266 MW has already been commissioned so far. From our own PSUs, we are expecting 1,000 MW to be installed while the rest will be from the private sector,” a senior power ministry official told ETEnergyworld.
Of the four PSU projects, 60 MW is expected to come in Mizoram from Tuirial hydro project of North Eastern Electric Power Corp (NEEPCO), 330 MW from Kishanganga project of NHPC Ltd in Jammu & Kashmir, 110 MW from Pare Hydro Project and 600 MW Kameng Hydropower plant in Arunachal Pradesh operated by NEEPCO.
“Projects of 30 Mw of the 1,000 MW capacity expected from government PSUs has already been commissioned while out of the 305 MW expected from the private sector, 266 MW has been commissioned so far,” the official said.
India’s hydro power generation grew 2.14 per cent to 15.41 Billion Units (BU) in the month of July as compared to 15.08 BUs in the corresponding month last year, according to data from Central Electricity Authority (CEA). Hydro generation saw a growth of only 1.73 per cent in July 2016 as compared to the growth of 8.2 per cent in July 2015.
“Demand has not gone down but generation seems to have dipped. We expect the required rate of growth of demand to meet the possible generation capacity. It takes around 6-7 years for hydro projects to be set up. The projects in the pipeline are based on some expectation of the growth in demand. There should be coordinated planning to see how many projects are being planned and what is the expected growth in demand because it is a delicensed activity,” the official added.
At present, as many as 20 under construction hydro power projects totalling 6,329 MW are either stalled or stressed in the country and Rs 30,147.08 crore has been spent on them, former minister of coal, power, new& renewable energy and mines Piyush Goyal had said in a written reply in Lok Sabha.
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