By: Vijay Kumar Verma, Group Editor-ICN World
SHIMLA : The Government of India has approved investment proposal of Rs 687 Crores for 66-MW Dhaulasidh Hydro Electric Project being implemented by public sector SJVN Limited in Hamirpur district of Himachal Pradesh. Nand Lal Sharma CMD of the company giving the information told that the investment includes budgetary support of Rs 21.6 Crores from Govt of India for enabling infrastructure.
Sharma told, that the Project had been initially allocated to SJVN on 27th October 2008, when a MoU was signed with the GoHP for development of this project through a special purpose vehicle (SVP). Subsequently on 25th September 2019, during an Investors’ meet graced by Prime Minister, Narender Modi, another MoU was signed with SJVN for harnessing of this project on Stand Alone basis, informed Sharma.
N L Sharma told that all the necessary approvals and clearances had been obtained in a record time, paving way for commencing of construction activities of the project.
He further informed, that the project is a run of river scheme on river Beas at Dhulasidh, about 10 km downstream of Sujanpur in Distt Hamirpur. The project will have a concrete gravity dam, 70meter high 195-meter long to create a reservoir of about 20 Kilometer length. Discharge of 161 cumecs would be utilized through two intakes housed in the dam body which after traversing via two penstocks each of 4.3-meter dia and 62 meter length would enter the turbines.Sharma told that a Toe Power House is planned on left bank of the dam to house two generating units of 33 MW each.
The project will generate 304 Million Units of energy annually. Sharma is confident that SJVN would complete this project in 54 months and this would generate employment for 1000 persons.
Besides adding valuable renewable energy to the grid, the project would reduce 2.4 lakh Tons of carbon dioxide from environment annually. Himachal Pradesh, he told, would be benefitted with free power while the project affected families will be provided 100 units of electricity free per month for 10 years.