Srinagar: Taking a serious note of the power generation in Jammu and Kashmir, the government has planned to make one of the South Asia's oldest and state's first Hydro power plant functional.

The defunct 9 MW Mohra Hydro electric plant will soon become operational.  An estimated cost of Rs 60 crore will be invested on the plant to fulfill the increasing electricity requirement of the state.

The Power Development Corporation (PDC) of the state has already started work on the power plant.

Jahoor Ahmed, Chief Engineer, Civil Investigation & Design Wing, PDC informed about the preparations for the project. 

“Detailed project report is being prepared and to maintain its originality, expert views are also being taken into consideration,” said Ahmed.

Mohra Hydro electric plant at Boniyaar-Udi, which is at a distance of 23 kilometres from Baramulla, is lying defunct from 1997. Till now, the state government has lost more than Rs 1200 crore due to its poor state.

It became operational in the year 1903 and is the second hydro electric project of the country.  For construction of the plant, the then Maharaja of Kashmir, Pratap Singh had hired European engineers.