ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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CALCUTTA- Dramatic Happenings

October 12, 1974 for Irrigation and Power, stated that a network of hydel and thermal power stations was being constructed, and that the power so generated would be interlinked with a common grid system to provide electricity to the northern states. While laying the foundationstone the 690 mgw hydel project at Salal, near Jammu, the Minister said the power projects "were being speeded up on a 'priority' basis. Generation of additional power will be slow in coming, however, and the rise in demand is meanwhile very high. Costs of the various projects have gone up manifold: the estimate for the Salal project itself has increased from Rs 55 crores to Rs 113 crores. The same is true of the Thein Dam, the Sutlej-Beas Link, and other such projects. The 'priority' to power, in fact, should have been accorded several years ago.

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