Mufti reviews status of Parnai HEP, directs SPDC to stick to stipulated timelines

SRINAGAR, MAY 06, 2015 – Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed today said his Government will focus on harnessing the full potential of J&K in hydropower generation as well as efficiently using its water reserves to irrigate huge tracts of agriculturally-fertile land.

He said the people are the principal beneficiaries, who expect that all developmental projects taken up by the Government are completed within the stipulated timelines.

Mufti Sayeed was speaking during a high-level meeting, called to review the pace of work on the Parnai Hydro-Electric Project (HEP), here today.

It was given out in the meeting that Patel Engineering Limited, the project-executing company, has been asked to accelerate the construction work by deploying required machines and manpower at all the sites.

The work on the Parnai Project, which is a Run-of-the-River (RoR) Scheme with installed capacity of 37.5 MW, began in April 2014. It is also expected to irrigate vast tracts of agricultural land after its completion in 2018. The work for execution of the project was awarded to M/S Patel Engineering Limited by J&K SPDC in 2014 on EPC mode.

Earlier, the Chief Minister, while chairing another meeting on Shahpur Kandi Dam Project, directed PHE, I&FC Department to prepare a base paper analyzing the factual aspects and to present various options available before the Government so that an immediate decision is taken on the project, keeping in view the interests of the State’s farming community.

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