Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal in a letter to Union Power Minister, Sushil Kumar Shinde has urged to cooperate in setting up high capacity ‘Corridor Transmission System’ through Power Grid Corporation of India so that the hydel power generation, particularly in far flung and tribal areas of the State could be transmitted out of the State within stipulated period.
He said that it was necessary to strengthen the power transmission network in the State as various hydel power projects capacitating about 10000 MW were underway which were likely to be commissioned within next four or five years. He said that it would be in the nation’s welfare to allot the work to Power Grid as many of such projects were located near international borders and allotting the work of construction, generation and transmission to other international companies would not be appropriate keeping in view the security of the State.
Chief Minister said that due to limited work period in such areas it was not possible to carry out construction activities throughout the year. He said that the installation of transmission network required to be of high quality because after the laying of power lines it becomes necessary to maintain the same so that there may not be any obstacle in power transmission and for this it was necessary to adopt modern and the world’s best techniques. He said that instead of inviting tenders the Union Power Ministry as per guidelines of Central Power Regulatory Commission may direct the Power Grid to take up the projects in the State. He wrote that it would be a right decision to allot the work to Power Grid as it was an uphill task to construct projects in the hilly States like Himachal.