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Uttarakhand Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat along with Union Minister of State for Power RK Singh laid the foundation stone of SJVNL’s 60 MW Netwad Mori hydro power project, to be constructed at a cost of Rs. 648.33 crore (Run of the River Project) at Mori, Uttarkashi on Friday. They also inspected a model of Netwad Mori Hydro power Project, which is slated to be completed by 2021.
In his address, Chief Minister Rawat said that with the commissioning of the project, the economic and social development of the areas will take place. After 2013 it is the first hydro-electric project to start in the state.
The state is in the process of becoming an energy-efficient state. Earlier, two new projects have been commissioned. Efforts are being made to restart the pending and closed hydro projects in the state soon and talks are also being held with Union Power Ministry in this regard. He also announced setting up of a Carding Plant at Netwad for sheep rearers.
The Mori area has scenic beauty and the government is committed to develop the area. He said that there have been many incidents of fire in distant villages of Mori block and steps are being taken to check these fire incidents. Stores to house grass and fodder will be built separately to prevent such fire accidents in future. Making basic amenities available in remote areas of the state is the top priority of the government, including Mori area.
The Union Minister of State for Electricity (Independent Charge) RK Singh said that the state will be made power-efficient He said that nature has given abundance of natural resources to Uttarakhand and there was need to harness them for it’s progress. Singh said that considering the immense potential of water resources, the government is working on hydro projects but also keeping in mind the environment concerns. He said that efforts are on to consider start of work on closed projects and new projects. Expressing deep concern over fire incidents happening in the distant village of Mori, he announced a grant of Rs. 15 crore for the area. He said that the state government should provide support in construction of the project, thereby speeding up development of the area. MLAs Gopal Singh Rawat, Kedar Singh Rawat and Rajkumar too addressed public.
Other dignitaries including Tehri Garhwal Lok Sabha MP Mala Rajlakshmi Shah, Secretary Energy Uttarakhand- Radhika Jha, CMD SJVNL Nand Lal Sharma, District Panchayat President Jashoda Rana, District Magistrate Dr. Ashish Chauhan and many other were present there.