The construction work on the 240MW Uri-II run-of-the-river hydroelectric project in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir has reached its final stage and is on schedule to be completed by February 2011.

The project is being constructed by NHPC on the Jhelum River. This is the second project on Jhelum in Uri Tehsil of Baramulla district. The 480MW Uri I project was completed in 1997.

The Uri-II project has been planned immediately downstream of the Uri I project and will pick up its tail water to make use of the gross head of about 130m available in the course of the river between Uri I tailrace outlet and a place located about 1.25km downstream of the confluence of Goalta Nallah and Jhelum. The project cost is estimated to be approximately INR17.24bn.

PC Gautam, general manager of URI-II at NHPC is quoted by Press Trust of India as saying: “We are working 24×7. So far, the project is going as per schedule. We hope to complete it by February next year.”