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Himachal Pradesh: 100% electricity from green energy sources

With five perennial rivers flowing through the state, Himachal Pradesh has the potential to contribute 26% of the total hydropower requirement of India. Located in the western Himalayas, the state is also known for its scenic beauty and attracted tourists 3 times the size of its population in 2015-16. 


The Baddi-Barotiwala-Nalagarh industrial belt has emerged as a key manufacturing hub for various sectors and the region is known to be Asia’s largest bulk drug manufacturing area.

 

Key upcoming industrial projects include:

  •  Bulk Drug Pharma Park and Bio-Technology Park at Nalagarh (Solan district)
  •  Mega Food Park and Mega Textile Park in Una
  •  Industrial areas at Kandrori (Kangra district) and Pandoga (Una district)
  •  Smart Cities Mission, for which Dharamshala and Shimla are the cities identified in Himachal Pradesh

Highlights

  • 26% of total hydel power potential of India
  • Second highest producer of apples in India
  • Highest growth in number of technical institutions in last 6 years
  • GSDP (Current price)

    USD 19 bn (2016-17)

  • GSDP growth rate (YoY)

    11% (2016-17)

  • Per capita income

    USD 2,177  (2016-17)

  • Share of renewable in energy

    94%

Demographics

Population of Himachal Pradesh is 6.9 mn, equivalent to the current population of Bulgaria.

Nearly 65% of the population of Himachal Pradesh lies in the working age group of 15-59 years.

Himachal Pradesh stands at 21st position in terms of population, amongst all states in India. 

  • 10%

    Urbanisation rate

  • 972

    females/ 1000 males

Skilled manpower
  • Central universities

    1

  • State universities

    4

  • Private universities

    17

  • Engineering colleges

    20

  • Pharmacy colleges

    15

  • Industrial training institutes

    234

  • Polytechnic institutes

    33

Key Sectors

Himachal Pradesh is famous for its Himalayan landscapes and popular hill-stations. In 2016, the state witnessed a total of 18.4 mn tourists. Sector contribution to the state GDP was over 7% during 2016 and is expected to reach about 18% by the end of 2022. 

Himachal Pradesh is a power surplus state and has major potential for hydro power, with five perennial rivers flowing through the state. With a hydropower potential of about 27,400 MW, the state accounts for 26% of the country's total hydro power potential. It has a total installed hydropower generation capacity of 3,495 MW.

Himachal Pradesh has emerged as the largest hub of drug manufacturing units of Asia. Over 300 pharmaceutical companies, including Ranbaxy, Dr Reddy’s, Morepen and Torrent Pharmaceuticals have set up operations in the state. The state is also active in Ayurvedic ways of treatment through its 28 ayurvedic hospitals, 1,113 ayurvedic health care centres, 2 regional ayurvedic hospitals and 3 unani health care centres.

Agro and food processing sector contributes about 10% to the state GDP and employs about 62% of the workforce. Major crops grown in the state include rice, maize, potato, ginger, etc. The state is one of the leading producers of off-season vegetables.

Major Investors