Construction on the new hydropower projects is planned to start after the receipt of other mandatory approvals
The Indian Government has reportedly issued clearance to develop eight hydropower projects on the Indus River and its tributaries in Ladakh.
Press Trust of India (PTI) quoted sources in the Jal Shakti Ministry as saying that the projects have a combined power generation capacity of 144MW.
The new projects have secured clearance from the Central Water Commission as well as the Indus Commissioner following the announcement of a separate Union Territory of Ladakh last year.
A senior official was reported by the news agency as saying that the new projects will have more capacity than the current operational projects, which have a collective capacity of 113MW, on Indus in Ladakh.
New projects planned to be built in Kargil and Leh districts of Ladakh
The approved projects are planned to be built in Kargil and Leh districts of Ladakh.
The hydropower projects approved for development in Leh include 19MW Durbuk Shyok, 18.5MW Shankoo, 24MW Nimu Chilling, 12MW Rongdo, and 10.5MW Ratan Nag projects.
Additionally, 19MW Mangdum Sangra, 25MW Kargil Hunderman and 12MW Tamasha project have secured clearance for Kargil.
Construction on the new projects is planned to commence upon securing other mandatory approvals.
The official was quoted by the news agency as saying: “The designs of these projects have been certified as compliant with the Indus Waters Treaty by the Central Water Commission. The information on the design of these projects is being provided to Pakistan as per the provisions of the treaty.
“The development of projects on the Indus river has been slow, especially in the Ladakh region. Only two major projects have been constructed so far — Chutak project of 44 MW on Suru, a tributary of the Indus, and Nimoo Bazgo of 45 MW on the Indus.”
Last month, Reuters reported that India plans to build 10GW hydropower project in the remote eastern state of Arunachal Pradesh.