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With the growing threat of food insecurity and a largely erratic rainfall pattern, Kerala, despite its very high rate of annual precipitation, has embarked on a series of large budget irrigation schemes. However, with the shift in acreage in favour of certain cash crops which demand relatively less moisture, the requirement of water in agriculture may change.

After the controversy regarding the allotment of hydro-power projects to private operators, the Uttarakhand Government decided to scrap the earlier decision on Thursday.

The Government order followed Chief Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank

Hamirpur: The work on Dhola-Sidh, the first hydel project of Hamirpur district, being built on the Beas near Nadaun by the Sutlej Jal Vidyut Nigam (SJVN), would begin by March next year.

The clearance for term of reference (TOR) for the project, which has now been upgraded from the proposed 40 to 66 MW, was granted recently the by Union Ministry of Environment.


In a significant development, Pakistan today withdrew its objection to construction of Uri-II and Chutak hydel power projects in Jammu and Kashmir.

At the Indus Water Commissioner-level talks here, the Pakistani side said it had no objection to the designs of the two power projects after the Indian side provided details of these, official sources told PTI.

The objectives of this policy are: to harness the hydropower capacity of the State in a manner that is consistent with policy of the State Government; to generate and provide employment opportunities to the people of the State, particularly those who live in the project areas; to develop hydropower projects in an eco-friendly manner causing minimum distress to affected people; to secure the long t

The Assam Power Projects Development Company Pvt Ltd (APPDCL), a joint venture company on Tuesday signed two small hydro power implementation agreements with two companies. The projects are to be implemented under the public private partnership (PPP) mode and commissioned by April 2012.


The three major projects contributing major share to the State Power Scenario are Indira Sagar, Omkareshwar and Interstate Sardar Sarovar Project. Since commissioning, these three hydro power projects in Narmada Valley have yielded 23561.5 mu of power till February, 2010 resulted amounts Rs 4855 cr.

With increase in power demand from the agriculture sector and lower water level in the Bhakra and Pong Dam reservoirs, there has been a sudden power crisis in Punjab. According to Punjab State Electricity Board officials, unscheduled power cuts are unavoidable because of the regulatory steps taken by the board for ensuring the security of the northern grid.