Indian Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh has announced that the Pabbar Valley Power Corporation is likely to be entrusted with harnessing electricity from the Pabbar Valley basin, according to local media.

Reports say that Pabbar Valley Power, a subsidiary of the Himachal Pradesh State Electricity Board (HPSEB), could exploit 226MW from the total 332MW potential of the basin.

Singh spoke in Hatkoti, Shumla district, at a public meeting after the laying of the foundation stone of the 110MW Sawra-Kuddu hydroelectric plant, a project that is estimated to cost US$1.5M.

The state government is also considering allocating the 46MW Chirgaon-Majhgon and the 70MW Dhamwari-Sunda hydroelectric power projects to HPSEB.