(Extracted from the Business Standard)
The UIPC, a joint venture between IL&FS and the state government, has already submitted a detail plan for approval in this regard, top officials said.. An investment of Rs 550 to Rs 600 crore is expected in these projects.
Among these projects, four hydel projects are located at eastern Ram Ganga valley in Kumaon region with the potential to produce 28 Mw. Three projects are located on Saryu river in the region with a total capacity of 28.5 Mw.
While, one project of 12.5 Mw would be developed on Kosi river, two more projects are located in Dehra Dun district with a capacity of 1.2 Mw.
“We have already submitted a detail plan to the government,” the official said. The bidding process in this regard is expected to start next month.
The UIPC was recently in news after it successfully completed the bidding process of Nayar Valley hydel projects. WWI-RRE, a Delhi-based
consortium, would pay an upfront premium of Rs 1.27 crore per Mw, considered to be the highest in the country, as it won the contract for building four hydel projects with a total capacity of 23.25 Mw in Nayar Valley.
The consortium is led by R R Energy (RRE) Ltd and Worlds Window Impex (WWI) Pvt Ltd, which together had bid for 17 Mw Nayar dam, 2 Mw Santudhar-I, 2 Mw Santudhar-II and 2.25 Mw Biyali Gaon — all on Nayar river which is a tributary of the river Ganga in Pauri district of the hill state.
Nine companies were selected in the final bidding process but WWI-RRE won the contract for paying the highest upfront premium. The state government will get rich by over Rs 29 crore in this regard.
An investment of Rs 200 crore is proposed in the four projects, which can together generate 98 million units.
The letter of award for the contract has already been sent to the consortium.
THIS IS THE SITUATION ON THE BREEDING RIVERS.
I NOW REPRODUCE CERTAIN SECTIONS OF A STUDY
Present status and prospects of mahseer fishery in Garhwal Region of Central Himalaya. (by A. P. Sharma and Ashutosh Mishra)
Department of Fishery Hydrography, College of Fishery Sciences
G. B. Pant University of Ag. & Tech., Pantnagar-263145, Uttaranchal, IndiaTHIS IS FROM THE CONCLUSIONS in this report.
The golden mahseer is the most important game and food fish in the Central Himalaya. It contributes greatly to the commercial fishery in the foothills. The fish migrates considerable distances upstream in the search of suitable spawning grounds (Badola and Singh, 1984; Nautiyal and Lal, 1984; Singh, 1988). However, once found in abundance, the stocks of the Himalayan mahseer are depleted to the extent that it is now considered as an endangered species (Singh et al., 1991). The decline of mahseer fishery has also been reported from the other Himalayan waters such as the Ganga river system (Chauhan et al., 1992), Brahmaputra river system (Dey, 1992), Govind Sagar reservoir (Johal and Tandon, 1981), Kumaun lakes (Sharma, 1991) and some other waters.
The present investigations also reveal that the population of golden mahseer has greatly declined in the waters of Western Central Himalaya. It contributes significantly to the fishery only in the spring-fed river Nayar where it comprises 32.8% of the total catch. The second best contribution (9.7%) was in the river Song. In other streams the contribution ranges only between 0.8 and 3.1%. The brooders, yearlings, fry and fingerlings of golden mahseer were observed in the river Nayar only. The average seed density was between 300-400 no/m2 at the confluence of the rivers Nayar and Ganga at Vyasghat (Fig. 1).
Himalayan mahseer population undertakes contranatant migration from the foothill sector of the Ganga, often ascending into the rivers Bhagirathi and Bhilangana. These major tributaries serve as the only routes through which the fish can have easy access to the spring-fed placid streams providing congenial environment for the fish to breed (Nautiyal and Lal, 1984). However, the present observations reveal that only Nayar is a potential mahseer spring-fed stream in the Western Central Himalayan region. However, the size of the catch was also very low from Nayar (25 to 1 650 g) as per observations during the period of investigation.
The factor that has brought Himalayan mahseer to the brink of extinction is indiscriminate killing of juveniles and brooders.
Mass slaughter of fish through toxicants and dynamite is common, particularly in uplands. Fishing by fixed gears is also a common example of indiscriminate fishing. Intensification of fishing effort during the pre-monsoon period, when water level in rivers is low, adds to the problem. Changes in the habitat due to construction of dams, barrages and weirs under river-valley projects adversely affect the biology of this fish.
The conclusions are quite obvious.
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