Vishnugad-Pipalkoti Hydro Electric Project with an installed capacity of 444
M4x111 MW) is a run-of-the-river scheme. It envisages construction of a 65 M
high concrete diversion dam harnessing a gross head of 237 M on river Alaknanda
(a major tributary of river
Ganga). The project is located in district
Chamoli in the state of Uttarakhand, 225 km from Rishikesh on NH - 58.
Capacity addition of 444 MW in the Northern Region, which shall reduce the
peaking power shortage in the region.
Annual Energy Generation of 1813 MU (90% dependable year)
Integrated Development of Chamoli / Garhwal region in the areas of employment,
communication, education, health, tourism, development of Flora & Fauna
THDC and Govt. of Uttarakhand entered into MOU on 8th April 2003 for
investigation & preparation of DPR while agreement for implementation of
the Project was signed on 2nd June 2006.
CEA conveyed the commercial viability of the project in Feb '05. DPR was
submitted to CEA in March 06 and CEA accorded Techno - Economic clearance to
the project in Sep '06.
Public Investment Board (PIB) in its meeting held on 26.02.2007 recommended the
project costing Rs. 2221.31 Crores (including IDC of Rs. 217.30 Cr.) at
December 2006 PL.
MOEF clearance has been accorded on 22.08.07.
Investment approval to the project amounting to Rs. 2491.45 Crs has been
accorded by CCEA on 24.07.08 at March '08 PL.
civil works includes a 65 M high Concrete dam, 13.4 Km long Head Race Tunnel,
3.07 Km long Tail Race Tunnel, Spillway, Underground Power House &
Transformer hall, 3 nos. Sedimentation Chambers, U/S and D/S Surge Shafts. The
layout plan of the project is enclosed as Exhibit - III.
Geological investigations at all locations of the project have been completed.
Various studies viz; Social Impact Assessment study, Communication Needs
assessment, Dynamic analysis of dam, Sediment handling optimization, Hydraulic
Model studies, Construction material Survey, Induced Effects of blasting have
been completed, whereas other studies (viz; Stress Strain analysis, In - Situ
Stresses etc.) are under final stage of completion. Project Review Panel (PRP),
Environment & Social Expert Panel (ESP) have been constituted, whereas
constitution of panel on Design Review Consultancy services is under process.
Two meetings of Project Review Panel (PRP) have so far been held.
After the agreement with Hat villagers for construction of Power House at its
original location adjacent to Hat village, mandatory studies in already
constructed Power House drift are under progress. Work for extension of this
drift in 50 M length (on either side) was taken up. But on the recommendations
of PRP panel, these cross cuts have been abandoned. Further, as Power House has
been planned (out of Dolomite zone) between Ch. 300 - 446 M, cross drift (total
75 M) at new location at Ch. 410 M on R/S have been taken up and completed in
14 RM length. Meanwhile, investigation work at alternate third location
identified near village Birahi is also being continued. A total of 319 M
847 M drilling has been completed so far at alternate location.
An NGO, Shri Bhuvneshwari Mahila Ashram, Gopeshwar, has prepared asset loss
data of affected villages including Hat village. Preparation of identity cards
and opening of Joint accounts of PAF's is under progress. The disbursement of
compensation in affected villages (Batula, Jaisal, Gulabkoti) is also under
progress. The road map for training (formation of Co-operative Societies) has
been prepared by SBMA. For Dairy farming, a two day visit for PAF's of Guniyala
village has been organized at
development association at Ghansali. The income restoration training (93 days)
to 15 project affected youth have been imparted at Dr. Reddy's Institute,
Dehradun and placement to some of them has also been arranged by the institute.
After training on Vermi Composting to 49 PAP's, 26 number of pits have been
formed. A six months training on cutting and tailoring to two women PAF's have
started through a local trainer.
Out of four bridges, construction of bridge at Tunly (for Adit - III) has been
completed. The excavation for box cut for foundation of left and right
abutments of Dam bridge has been completed and concreting work is being taken
Raft in foundation of L/B abutment at Hat bridge (for Power House, Surge Shaft,
TRT and Colony) and anchoring has been completed. The raft as well as drilling
at R/B abutment foundation is in the process of start. After completion of
excavation of abutments of Birahi Bridge (an alternate route to Power House),
plate load test has been completed.
of various roads planned under stage - II & III, road leading from NH- 58
to Tunli bridge has been completed, while formation cutting on R/B road from
Tunli bridge to Adit-III is under progress. The L/B road leading to Hat bridge
and R/B road from Hat bridge to Hat Power House, Colony area is also under
progress. Formation cutting of L/B approach road from NH - 58 leading to dam
site has been completed.
of 'A' type quarters, field hostel, office building through UPRNN is under
progress. The Temporary office building, Pre - fabricated field Hostel has been
completed. Partial functioning of project offices from recently constructed
premises in Jaisal village have commenced from 15th Oct-09.
One MVA load connection has been made available at Dam as well as Power House
site through "loop line", while laying of dedicated line is under advance stage
For 5 MVA load each for Dam site and Power House site, MoU with UPCL has been
signed and payment released. tenders have been floated by UPCL, work shall be
taken up after award of work by UPCL.
Other road works leading to other work sites, other residential & non -
residential buildings are under various stages of estimation / tendering /
A total of 132.618 Ha.
and forest land (including Hat village land of 18.672 Ha.) has been identified
for acquisition under Stage - II and III.
Out of total land of 29.208 Ha. to be acquired under stage - II, 19.883 Ha.
forest land and 4.271 Ha. private land, required for roads, bridges, colony
area etc. have been acquired. After completion of Section-6 for acquisition of
private land (11.096 Ha.) required for Stage - III, the notice under section -
9 implemented and award under process. The private land case for acquisition of
Hat village land (18.641 Ha.) is under process in GoUK for notification of
section-4. A complaint was made by an individual to Hon'ble Chief Minister,
GoUK. The same is under investigation by District Administration. On receipt of
this report, file will be processed in GOUK.
The composite forest land case (for stage-III) was discussed in meeting of
Forest Clearance Authority (FCA), MoEF, New Delhi held on 11th Dec-09 and case
has been kept pending. Further, Asstt. I.G (Forests), MoEF has requested
Secretary (Forest & Environment), GoUK for certain information which inter
Fixation of "ecological water flow" in river
by Ganga River Basin
A comprehensive study of carrying capacity of River Ganga in the hilly terrain
At the time of according Environment Clearance to project, the
Comprehensive study of carrying capacity of river
was not stipulated under the scope of Environment studies. The linking up the
Forest land diversion case at this stage with study of carrying capacity of
shall not only delay the commencement of project activities but also lead to
time and cost overrun. Secretary (MoEF), GoI has been requested to consider
diversion of requisite forest land to THDC pending completion of said study.
Project shall be got executed through two separate EPC contracts:
Civil works and Hydro - Mechanical works
Electro - Mechanical works.
obtaining NoC from World Bank, Tender documents for EPC contract of Civil &
HM works were issued to 7 pre-qualified bidders on 4th Nov-09 with submission
of bids by 29th Jan-10. Reply to the clarifications of bidders raised during
the pre-bid meeting on 14th Dec-09 has been forwarded to World Bank for NoC. On
request of World Bank and bidders, date of submission of the bids has been
extended from 10th Mar-10 to 12th Apr-10.
Regarding Package-II for Electro-Mechanical works, PQ bids were opened on 27th
Mar-09. Evaluation of PQ applications is under process. On the insistence of
World Bank, clarifications with documentary evidence submitted by bidders have
been forwarded to World Bank for NoC.
As an advance action till EPC contract is awarded, work for construction of
flood protection wall and stabilization works in inlet & outlet area of
Diversion tunnel has been taken up. Excavation in overburden area around inlet
portal location is under progress. Further, it is being planned to take up
portal work and part length of Access Adit to top of Machine hall cavern.
The Rehabilitation & Resettlement (R&R) policy of VPHEP incorporating
the provisions of National Policy on Rehabilitation & Resettlement 2007
is under implementation. The Rehabilitation Action Plan (RAP) has been
by DM (Chamoli). Monitoring Committee for implementation of Rehabilitation
Action Plan (RAP) has been constituted by DM. For third party monitoring of RAP
implementation, the EOI has been invited and evaluation of bids / documents is
For expeditious disposal of land cases, GoUK has agreed to THDC's request for
setting up of SLAO office at Chamoli. The issue of G.O is under process in
The EIA / EMP report has been completed, displayed on THDC's website. English
as well as Hindi version of Executive Summary has also been uploaded on
project is scheduled to be commissioned in 2014 -15.