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10 mini hydel projects on the upper Bari Doab

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The Punjab Energy Development Agency (PEDA) on Tuesday invited bids for development of 10 mini hydel projects on the upper Bari Doab canal system (UBDC) on the build, operate and own (BOO) basis, under NRSE Policy-2006 of the state government.

According to an official spokesman, bids have been invited for seven mini hydel plants to be set up on Sabraon branch canal and three projects on main branch (upper) with collective generation capacity of 84.25 mw.

Sites offered for Sabraon branch canal include Sathiali, Tugalwala, Harchowal, Sukhwal, Ladha Munda Attwal, Buttar and Ghaggar Bhana. The sites offered on main branch upper include Dhariwal, Kunjar and Aliwal.

The spokesman said that the state government aims to generate 200 mw from the mini hydel sector in the next financial year.

The state government has also developed a technology for production of power from flow of rivers and sought a special package of capital subsidy from the central government for this sector.

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