Hydro Power: Himachal's engine for growth

Hydro Power is being counted on as a sure engine for state's growth. And the Himachal Pradesh government seems determined to make the most of its abundant water resources. The state is witnessing rapid progress in execution of hydro power projects.
To make optimum use of its rich natural resources, the government has prioritized tapping the hitherto untapped hydro potential from its five river basins of the Satluj, Beas, Ravi, Yamuna and the Chenab.
The total power potential of these rivers and their tributaries is estimated to about 20,000 MW, out of which only 3543 MW has been utilized. The total capacity of the project at present under execution in the state sector is 171.5 MW comprising Largi (126MW), Ganwi (22.5MW), Gumma (3MW) and Khauli (12MW) projects. HPSEB is also collaborating with the Naptha Jhakri Power Copration Limited to execute of the Nathpa Jhakri hydro project (1500 MW).
Besides, arrangements for execution of projects in public and private sector, the government has also decided to execute 66 mini and micro hydro project having generation capacity of 127 MW in the private sector.
A survey to the Ganwi and Sanjay Vidut Pariyojna, Bhaba at Bhabanagar in Kinnaur district indicated the government's commitment to ensure completion of a time bound programme for power generation which will go a long way n making the state the power state of India.
The Bhaba power huse first unit of the 3*40 MW power house had started generation in May, 89, and all three machines were put into operation two month later. Since then it has generated 4850 MUs till Ferbuary 1999. The power house surpassed all previous record in the 50th year of India's independence. At present, it boasts of power generation of 692 MUs and is all set to achieve 695 MUs by 2001 March end. Due to its all time high generation, this power house fetched the state an additional revenue touching Rs.22 crores in 1998-99.
The Ganwi hydro project had started in April 1995. The first phase involved construction of roads, buildings and bridges. Actual work which involved construction of the underground power house and the tale-race tunnel and other activities related to the power house complex started in early 1997.
The project was scheduled to be completed by May 1999 but bad to be re-schedule due to some problems with Bharat Heavy Electrical Limited.
The project which entails tapping of Ganwi, a tributary of Satluj would be completed into two and a half years. Water here is being sources at an altitude of 1565 meters above sea level. A distinct feature of the project is the pen stroke flow of water from the source through pipes.
No forest land is involved in executing the project. The greatest advantage is that the project would not require rehabilitation of local people.

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