Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday, dedicated to the nation three hydro-electric projects (HEPs) with a generating capacity of 1,732 MW in Himachal Pradesh.
The three hydro-electric projects with a combined generation capacity of 1,732 MW are a major step towards meeting the power requirements of the northern states. The 800-MW power station of NTPC-Koldam, 520-MW Parbati project of NHPC and 412-MW Rampur hydro station of SJVNL were dedicated to the nation at a public event at HP.
Narendra Modi lauded public sector companies for their contribution in the country’s growth. He said, the three hydro projects will bring prosperity to the state and other parts of the nation.
Himachal Pradesh Governor Acharya Devvrat, Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh, Union Health Minister JP Nadda and Power Minister Piyush Goyal were present on the occasion. NHPC’s Parbati-III power station is a run-of-the-river scheme having a 43-m high rockfill dam, underground power house and 10.58-km water conductor system. The power plant is designed to generate 1,963.29 million units annually.
Power generated from the Parbati-III power station will be distributed to Himachal Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir, Punjab, Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Delhi, Rajasthan and Union Territory of Chandigarh.
The project was completed at a cost of around Rs. 2,600 crore and has a revenue realisation of Rs.816 crore.
NTPC-Koldam has achieved capacity of 800 MW and provides peaking capacity to the northern grid, whereas, the SJVN’s Rampur Project (412MW) in Kullu district will be operated in tandem with Nathpa Jhakri Hydro Power Station (HPS). This project will provide 13 percent free power to Himachal Pradesh.
Koldam hydro station shall annually generate 3,054 GWh electricity at 90 per cent dependable year basis. Twelve per cent of the electricity generated from Koldam will being supplied to home state Himachal Pradesh free of cost.
More of hydroprojects means reduction of greenhouse gas emission, which helps in achieving a low carbon path. The government is contemplating inclusion of large hydro projects in the fold of renewable energy to provide an impetus to these projects.
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