Spiti solar power project put on hold
The ambitious project of setting up a 1000MW solar park in Spiti valley of Lahaul-Spiti district could be delayed, as there is no transmission line available to evacuate the power to be produced by the solar park. The union government, for the time being, has put the solar park project on hold.While interacting with mediapersons in Shimla, Central Electricity Authority chairman SD Dubey said there was no transmission line available to send the power generated in the proposed solar park in Spiti out of the valley. He said the union government was making efforts to set up the required transmission line, for which discussions were being held with the power grid and other agencies. He said the solar park project would be executed only after laying the transmission line.Dubey was in Shimla to inaugurate a three-day training programme on ‘Power Quality Issues in Power Systems and Solutions’, being organised for serving professionals, engineers, and academicians by the Centre for Skill Development and Engineering Consultancy (CSDEC), at Engineers Bhawan, Nigam Vihar here.As the 2011 census revealed that 35 census villages in Himachal Pradesh were not connected with electricity lines, Dubey said all these villages would be provided power supply by December 31 under the central government scheme. On the issue of levying two per cent cess per unit on power in Himachal Pradesh, he said Jammu and Kashmir too had sent a similar proposal, but no decision had been taken so far on this.