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Surplus Himachal Pradesh reluctant to provide Uttarakhand its share of electricity

Himachal Pradesh have been reluctant in providing Uttarakhand its fair share of electricity, according to the recent reports. As specified in the contract between the two states in 1972, it was agreed that when Himachal becomes a surplus electricity state, the electricity will be routed back to Uttarakhand. However, five years since Himachal Pradesh became a surplus state, Uttarakhand have not received the HP’s share of electricity from the 5 hydroelectricity projects on the Yamuna-Tons rivers.

This image is for representation purpose only. (Image Source)

Uttarakhand is separated from Himachal Pradesh by Yamuna and Tons rivers – both the rivers are home to 5 hydroelectricity projects. According to the contract between the two states, Himachal is to receive 20-25% electricity from these hydro projects until it becomes a surplus electricity state, after which Uttarakhand (then UP) would be the sole beneficiary of these 5 projects. The reports from Central Electricity Authority of India (CEAI) assert that Himachal Pradesh is generating surplus electricity from the last 5 years but Himachal Pradesh have not returned back its electricity share to Uttarakhand.

Central Electricity Authority of India (CEAI) reports  assert that Himachal Pradesh is generating surplus electricity. (Image Source)

Uttarakhand CM Trivendra Singh Rawat himself have been briefed abut the issue. With new governmnet at helm in Uttarakhand, it is expected that the assets distribution issue with Himachal Pradesh will be solved at earliest.

Inputs from Dainik Jagran

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