The Himachal Pradesh Cabinet has allotted 95 small hydropower projects with overall capacity of 197.695 MW for development.
Of these, 74 projects with capacity of 126.695 MW were allotted to Himichali companies and 21 projects of 76 MW to non-Himichali companies.
Each project allotted can have no more than 5 MW of total capacity. If the capacity of an allotted project is raised to exceed 5 MW, all charges for projects of this size, including an additional free power royalty, must be paid by the applicant, the Cabinet says.
In addition, the Cabinet approved termination of the implementation agreement for the 13-MW Lower Uhl hydroelectric project and decided to allot it through the international competitive bidding route, developed on a build-own-operate-transfer (BOOT) basis.
In other hydro development work ongoing in Himachal Pradesh, HydroWorld.com reported in September that the 180-MW Baira Siul hydro station will undergo rehabilitation and upgrade.