Shimla : Moving to commission the 100 MW Sainj Hydro Electric Project for summer generation, HP Power Corporation Ltd in Himachal Pradesh has begun to0 fill the reservoir for the new hydropower plant. DK Sharma, Managing Director of HPPCL said, “We will start generations by end of April, 2017”.
He said that the project has an installed capacity of 100 MW with two units of 50 MW each. The project will generate 322 Million Units per annum thereby earning a revenue of Rs.128 crore to the state exchequer.
People residing in the vicinity of Sainj Hydroelectric Project have been warned not to venture near the river side from Niharni village to the confluence of Jiva Nalla and Sainj river as the water can be released any moment from the reservoir which may endanger their lives.
Managing Director stated that Sainj Hydroelectric Project was a run-of –river development on river Sainj, a tributary of river Beas in Kullu district of Himachal Pradesh. The project comprises a diversion barrage on the river Sainj near village Niharni and underground power house on right bank of river Sainj near village Suind. The project has a 6.36 km long Head Race Tunnel of 3.85 m dia having two pelton turbines of 50 MW each. Construction of about 3 km intake road, three bridges on Sainj river and two traffic tunnels were the major challenges in the beginning which have been successfully tackled by HPPCL engineers to execute this project.
Sharma told that after commissioning each project affected family will be provided 100 units of electricity per month for a period of 10 years. In addition, 1% of revenue from power generation shall be contributed towards LADF during the operation stage. Other benefits provided to project affected families in the project area include; Local Area Development Fund (LADF) @ 1.5% of project cost, training & awareness camps, merit and sports scholarships, skill-upgradation schemes to project affected families.
This is the second project of HPPCL going on stream.