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India’s largest hydro project exceeds targets

  • 13 years ago (2010-11-27)
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The Indian Nathpa-Jhakri hydropower project in Himachal Pradesh, the largest in the country, has achieved its power generation target despite closure of its plant for 22 days due to hostile weather, a company official has said.

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“We have generated 6016 million units...against the target of 5836 million units,” Vijay Verma, deputy general manager of the Satluj Jal Vidyut Nigam Ltd (SJVNL), the company that owns and operates the project, told IANS.

He said the run-of-the-river project is located in Kinnaur district, some 200 km from Shimla, remained shut for 22 days in July-August due to high silt content in the Satluj river.

"Unprecedented rains in the catchment area increased discharge in the river, raising the level of silt considerably. But the project managed to achieve the milestone due to better water and machine management,” he said.

Under the agreement signed with the union power ministry, the target of 6000 million units was to be achieved by Dec 12 2010. Last year to the project was able to generate a record 7019 million units, 407 million units more than the anticipated 6612 million units.

Unsurprisingly, the power utility company has reported a net profit of Rs.972.74 crore for the 2009-10 fiscal year.