Baglihar project handed over to NHPC for operation: JK Govt

Jammu: The Jammu and Kashmir government has handed over the 450 MW Baglihar Hydroelectric power project to the National Hydro Power Corporation (NHPC) for operation and maintenance in the state.

"The operation and maintenance of Baglihar Hydroelectric Power project stage-I has been handed over to the NHPC due to non-availability of trained and experienced operation and maintenance staff capable of handling such a mega project," Minister for Medical Education and Sports R S Chig told the Legislative Council Thursday.

There is non-availability of trained staff capable of operating and maintaining a mega project like Baglihar within the Jammu and Kashmir state power development corporation, he said.

In addition to operation and maintenance of the plant, NHPC will also train JKSPDC staff and engineers for handling such big projects in future.

The Minister further said the second phase of the 450 MW of Baglihar project would start during the next financial year and a detailed project report (DPR) has been formulated with an expenditure of Rs 2,008 crore and the target of completion has been set as 2014-15.

He further said all precautions and norms have been undertaken while impounding Baglihar reservoir and studies have been conducted through a expert of national agency geological survey of India.

Due to commissioning of Baglihar, power situation in J&K has improved as 50 per cent of generation from this project is being procured by J&K, he said.