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The IREP aims :

To provide for minimum energy requirements for subsistence needs as well as energy for production needs using an optimal mix of all the available sources of energy in selected village clusters in each district in the form of model projects including rural electrification, rural fuel wood plantation scheme, new and old renewable sources of energy such as Biogas, Improved Chulhas, Micro Hydro Power Projects and subsequently expand these efforts to the macro level for districts to make an impact on the socio economic development of rural areas.

To ensure necessary capacity building measures and people’s participation on the planning and implementation of IREP plans and projects through the involvements of panchayats, voluntary organizations and institutions at the micro level and to create mass awareness-cum-coordination of various renewable energy programmes in the rural areas.

To Prepare District/Cluster of village’s energy plans and projects and to up dates them periodically on the basis of implementation of projects in the selected cluster of villages.

The schemes being implemented by IREP under the plan funding are detailed as under:

1. Smokeless Chullha:

The scheme aims at controlling pollution in the interior of the house holds caused by smoke, raising of efficiency of fuel conserving, consumption of fire wood, cow dung and also to contain the degradation of forest  wealth.
During 2008-09 an amount of Rs.3.98 lacs had been spent and 1513 Smokeless Chulhas were achieved. For the  financial year 2009-10 an amount of Rs. 17.00 lacs is kept to achieve the target of 7500 Smokeless Chulhas which includes LNP chullah for Kashmir Division.

2. Gobar Gas Plants:

The main objective of this scheme is to provide fuel for cooking and lighting in a clean and un-polluted form to the rural households. During the year 2008-09 an amount of Rs. 5.44 lacs  had  been spent and a  22 Gobar Gas Plants were installed.  For the financial year 2009-10 an amount of Rs. 11.25 lacs is kept for installation of 100 Nos. of Gobar Gas Plants.

3. Raising of Plantation:

The main objective of the scheme is to provide substitute for fuel wood and to conserve the forest and also improve ecological environment.  The Directorate is also taking up the plantation of Jatropha – a bio-fuel used as substitute to the conventional fuel in stationary engines. To boost the plantation of Jatropha saplings in the community/waste land, the rural masses and the local panchayats are involved.  The Directorate has 12 plantation closures which are being properly safe guarded by 13 daily wagers.  Under these schemes fast growing species are being planted.During the year 2008-09, an amount of Rs.1.50 lacs had been spent and  31537 plants were planted.  For the financial year, 2009-10, an amount of  Rs. 0.50 lacs is kept for achieving the target of 7000 numbers of plants.

4. Distribution of Energy Saving Devices:

This scheme helps in saving time and energy by using devices like pressure cookers, compact florescent luminous tubes etc. as “Energy Saved is Energy Produced”.During the year 2008-09 an amount of Rs. 20.00 lacs had been spent and 24888 Nos of CFL tubes were distributed.    For the year 2009-10, again an amount of Rs. 28.95 lacs is kept for achieving the target of 10,000 CFL tubes and 1800 pressure cookers of 5 litres capacity.

5. Mini/Micro Hydro Power

Generation of electricity from water power is one of the oldest and proven techniques.  There is no dearth of potential for micro hydel projects in the state.  The scheme is implemented particularly in remote villages where this water power is available but electricity is a distant dream.  The scheme is implemented by constituting Village Energy Committees (VECs) who run the show after the commissioning of such projects as two grass root engineers are selected and trained amongst the villagers.  The scheme covers the installation of Micro Hydel Power Generation Projects up to 50 KW.  The MNRE has agreed to consider 10 MHPs in the first instance.  These 10 projects will cost Rs.308.16 Lacs out of which the MNRE share shall be Rs. 246.60 Lacs and State Share Rs.61.56 Lacs.

During the year 2008-09 a target of 2 numbers of such projects was fixed however due to some administrative constraints the target could not be achieved.  During the year 2009-10 an amount of Rs.35.50 Lacs is kept for taking up work on 13 such projects.

6.Up-Gradation of Water Mills:

During 2008-09, an amount of Rs. 13.81 lacs  had been spent and 14 Nos of water mills were  up-graded.   For the year 2009-10 an amount of Rs. 18.70 lacs is earmarked for up-gradation of 55 Nos. of Water Mills.

7. Detailed Project Reports on Micro Hydel Project:

During 2008-09, an amount of Rs. 1.25  lacs had been spent for preparation of 06 numbers of Detailed Project Reports on Micro Hydel Project.  For 2009-10 an amount of Rs.6 lacs is earmarked for preparation of 3 Nos. of Detailed Project reports on such Projects.

8. New Works (others):

During the current financial year 2009-10 an amount of Rs. 20.00 Lacs (IREP contribution) is kept for construction of office building for the Directorate of IREP at Srinagar/Jammu as the land stand already acquired.

9. Purchase of vehicle:

During the current financial year 2009-10 an amount of Rs.13.00 Lacs is kept for purchase of two vehicles as the Directorate of IREP does not have any vehicle available to the District Officers.  Hence it is proposed that during the current financial year the Department will purchase two vehicles (one each for Jammu/Kashmir region Project Officers) which shall be made available to the District Officers on demand.

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