With the advent of heavy snowfall in the northern side of the country this season, it is evident that there will be an ardent growth in production of hydropower generation in the upcoming quarter of the financial year. If compared with the production that was recorded last year (a 2% dip in output due to sparse rainfall and little snowfall), the production for this year has significantly gone over the charts.
In the year 2016-17, the hydropower generation recorded a dip from 17.5 percent and fell to 15.8 percent in the month of April and May, due to less snowfall and sparse rainfall.
With the onset of June, the hydropower generation was back at its record as torrential rains had showered down in the northern India.
A senior executive at National Hydro Power Corporation Limited said, “The snowfall had a positive impact on hydropower generation in most projects located in the north states including Uttrakhand, Jammu & Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh.”
He also said that heavy precipitation in Monsoon is extremely crucial for the hydropower generation; it peaks in July, Aug, and Sept with heavy rain during this period and the snowfall boosts the production during the first quarter.
The public sector company of the country, SJVN Ltd operates the country’s largest hydropower plant that has an estimated capacity of 1,500 MW for the state of Himachal Pradesh. With ardent snowfall, the tourism sector is also enriched in Himachal and significantly improved the hydrology.
The country has been facing a lot of issues due to scanty rainfall. The hydropower generation had been under a dip for the last five years. Several occurrences of droughts in the past two years and the tourism sector were also severely affected.
The hydropower generation in the year 2015-16 was even worse than the previous year, and dropped more than 11 percent compared to prior year’s record. In the year 2013-14, 121.377 billion units of capacity were drastically reduced from 134.850 billion units. In the ongoing fiscal period, the hydropower generation is far too less than last fiscal due to delayed rainfall and little snowfall.
The next fiscal is supposedly rich, and the hydropower generation has crossed the charts.