State-run SAIL said it has supplied 10,500-tonne steel for the 330 Megawatts (MW) Kishanganga Hydroelectric Power Project in Bandipora District of Jammu and Kashmir. Steel Authority of India (SAIL) had also supplied around 70 per cent of steel for Tuirial Hydroelectric Power Project in Mizoram, the company said in a statement.
“SAIL has supplied more than 50 per cent steel for the Kishanganga Hydroelectric power project, inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. SAIL has supplied a total of 10,500 tonnes of steel for the 330 MW hydroelectric project which features three power generating units of 110 MW each,” it said.
The Kishanganga Hydroelectric project:
It is an $864 million dam which is part of a run-of-the-river hydroelectric scheme that is designed to divert water from the Kishanganga River to a power plant in the Jhelum River basin.
It is located 5 km north of Bandipore in Jammu and Kashmir. It also lies to the north of Wular Lake.
The state of Jammu and Kashmir would be provided with 12 percent of the power generated by the project.
Opposition by Pakistan:
Pakistan has raised several objections to the Kishanganga Project in the past. Pakistan has complained that the Kishanganga Project affects its own Neelum Jhelum Hydropower Plant. However, India maintains that the project would not have any impact on rivers flowing into the neighbouring country.
Construction on the dam was temporarily halted by the Hague’s Permanent Court of Arbitration in October 2011 due to Pakistan’s protest of its effect on the flow of the Kishanganga River (called the Neelum River in Pakistan). In February 2013, the Hague ruled that India could divert a minimum amount of water for power generation.
Pakistan has been flagging concern over designs of India’s five hydroelectricity projects – Pakal Dul (1000 MW), Ratle (850 MW), Kishanganga (330 MW), Miyar (120 MW) and Lower Kalnai (48 MW) – being built/planned in the Indus river basin, contending these violate the treaty.
Pakal Dul hydropower project:
The 1,000-megawatt Pakal Dul hydroelectric power project on Marusadar River, a tributary of Chenab River, in Jammu and Kashmir will provide 12% free power to the state. The project will not only be the largest hydroelectric power project in the state but also the first storage unit.