Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Sukhvinder Sukhu on Monday referred to as on Union Power Minister R.Okay. Singh right here and knowledgeable him in regards to the 99 years lease interval of the Shanan hydropower undertaking that’s expiring in March 2024.
The nation’s first hydroelectric undertaking is presently underneath the management of the Punjab State Power Corporation Ltd (PSPCL) in Himachal Pradesh.
The Chief Minister requested the Union Minister to concern instructions to the Punjab authorities for taking necessary steps for handing over the undertaking to the state earlier than the expiry of the lease interval.
He additionally apprised the Union Minister in regards to the info concerning the share of the state within the Bhakra Beas Management Board (BBMB) and demanded 12 per cent water royalty for the state.
Sukhu stated as a result of building of initiatives by the BBMB, many townships have been compelled to face rehabilitation and numbers of oustees weren’t but compensated even after 50 years.
He urged that the state authorities could also be allowed to impose free energy royalty in all commissioned initiatives of the BBMB. This was the long-pending demand of the state.
He additionally raised the difficulty of elevating the royalty of state in SJVN. He stated that free energy royalty share being acquired from the SJVN initiatives which have accomplished debt interval of 12 years could also be enhanced from present free energy royalty share starting from 12 to 30 per cent.
The Union Minister assured of all potential assist to the state.
The greater than 90-year-old Shanan hydropower undertaking remains to be producing energy and incomes income for his state.
The undertaking positioned at Jogindernagar was constructed in 1932 by British engineer Colonel B.C. Batty and his crew, and began producing 48 MW energy at the moment.
Currently, the ability home is operating with a capability of producing 110 MW.
The undertaking got here in to being primarily based on an settlement made on March 3, 1925.
During the reorganisation of Punjab, Haryana and Himachal Pradesh in 1966, the Shanan Power House was allotted to Punjab by the Union Ministry of Irrigation and Power on a 99-year lease settlement.