CM Pushkar Singh Dhami reviews Energy Department’s Progress

Dehradun , 3 January, 2024-In a recent development, CM Pushkar Singh Dhami chaired a comprehensive review of the Energy Department’s initiatives during a session at the Secretariat on 03 January 2024. The meeting was focused on accelerating efforts in the energy and alternative energy sectors in the state.

During the review, CM Dhami provided directives to officials, emphasizing the urgency of swift progress in crucial areas. He stressed the need for expediting work on ongoing projects to ensure timely completion. Addressing concerns, Dhami encouraged officials to promptly communicate any challenges, assuring that appropriate solutions would be implemented.

Specifically, in the Energy Department review, the CM underscored the importance of rapid advancements in hydro and solar energy production. He directed officials to prioritize tourism-based activities and solar projects, particularly on the additional land allocated to UJVNL. Additionally, he urged the swift commencement of projects agreed upon during the Investors’ Summit.

CM Dhami highlighted the significance of digital payments to boost revenue and recommended a focus on strengthening the power transmission system in Ptcul.

Details disclosed during the meeting revealed that the current production of hydro and solar energy stands at 7513 million units. The state has set an ambitious target of reaching 18740 million units by 2031. Notable projects include seventeen solar energy initiatives, commencing in 2024 with a total capacity of 3 megawatts. Further projects, totaling 29.25 megawatts, are slated to begin by October 2025.

In the meeting, CM outlined goals for initiating projects in Nadeti (5.5 MW), Karmi Kapkot (18 MW), and Shama Gaon near Bageshwar (11.5 MW) by 2026. It was reported that groundbreaking has already occurred for projects worth ₹21,520 crore, covering hydro, pump storage, and solar-based initiatives.

During the session, CM also presented information on the Tiloth Hydro Power Project (Maneri Bhali Phase I). UJVNL’s collaboration with IIT Roorkee for research and development on hydro kinetic turbines was highlighted. The initiative includes establishing a one-megawatt capacity plant in Pathari Mohammadpur for green hydrogen production.

The meeting concluded with information on the “Zero Investment/Expense Model,” aiming to register energy projects in the Global Carbon Council’s Greenhouse Mitigation Program after January 1, 2026, and issue “Carbon Credits” for sale.

Notable attendees at the session included Vice-Chairman of the Implementation Oversight Committee, Vishwas Dabar, Additional Chief Secretary Radha Ratudi, Secretary Meenakshi Sundaram, MD UJVNL Sandeep Singhal, MD UPCL Anil Kumar, MD Pitkul P.C. Dhyani, and other relevant officials.

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