Jammu & Kashmir

JK likely to record capacity addition of 3,400 MW in Hydro Power sector

A file photo of power grid in Kashmir.

Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir is likely to see a capacity addition of 3400 MW in the Hydro Power sector within a few years from now. Availability of electricity has been enhanced in both Jammu and Kashmir divisions.

Besides, the Revised Distribution Sector Scheme (RDSS) is being implemented at a cost of Rs 5,641 crore to ensure the availability of quality power to all citizens, he said.

Although power generation, distribution, and transmission sectors have seen substantial capacity addition, an official added.

In the past 70 years, only 3,500 MW out of the potential of 20,000 MW had been harnessed in Jammu and Kashmir. Once the entire potential is exploited, JK will have surplus power and can be an energy exporter. However, in the past two years alone, the projects for about 3000 MW capacity have been revived and subsequently put on track for operationalization.

Likewise, new projects of 3300 MW have been planned to be executed soon which included four projects of Kirthai II (930 MW), Sawlakote (1856 MW), Duhasti stage II (258 MW) and Uri-I stage II (240 MW).

Also, back in January 2021, in a historic moment for energy sufficiency in Jammu and Kashmir, Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) were signed for the implementation of much-awaited Mega Hydro Power projects including 850 MW Ratle HEP and 930 MW Kirthai-II HEP.

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