Vishnugad-Pipalkoti Hydro Electric Project
(4x111 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.
addition of 444 MW in the Northern Region, reducing peaking
power shortage in the region.
Design Energy of 1674 MU (90% dependable
Development of Chamoli / Garhwal region in the areas of
employment, communication, education, health, tourism,
development of Flora & Fauna etc.
13% free power to the home state Uttarakhand, 1% shall be
utilized for contribution towards local area
of MoU between THDCIL and GoUK for investigation &
preparation of DPR
of Commercial viability of the project by
of Implementation agreement.
of Techno-Economic clearance to the project by CEA.
approval to the project amounting to Rs. 2491.58 Cr
(March-08 PL) by CCEA.
in “Minimum Environmental Flow” by MoEF from 3 Cumecs to
clearance of 80.507 Ha forest land by
approval for transfer of 80.507 Ha of forest land by
of G.O. for transfer of 80.507 Ha of forest land by
of Lease agreement for 80.507 Ha. Forest
of Land (identified for compensatory afforestation) as
protected forest in lieu of 80.507 Ha. forest
Investment approval to the project
amounting to ` 2491.58 Cr
(March-08 PL) was accorded by CCEA in Aug’2008. Due to time overrun in
the project, as desired by MoP, RCE at Dec-15 PL (along with the
proposal of Time and Cost overrun) of ` 3361.22
(including IDC & FC of ` 256.47 Cr.) was submitted
to MoP vide letter dated 22.10.2016 for approval. Now, the
revised cost estimate shall be updated and resubmitted to MoP
at a stage when 50% expenditure of the approved cost is
Major civil works includes a 65 M high
Concrete dam, 13.4 Km long Head Race Tunnel, 3.07 Km long Tail
Race Tunnel, Spillways, Underground Power House & Transformer
hall, 3 nos. under ground Sedimentation Chambers, U/S and
D/S Surge Shafts.
of the project is proposed to be funded with a Debt: Equity
ratio of 70:30. The Equity portion; 50% is to be shared by
THDCIL and remaining 50 % is to be shared by GOI and GOUP in
the ratio of 75: 25 respectively.
the funding of the debt portion (70 %) of the project, loan
agreement for US $ 648 million has been signed with World Bank
on 10th Aug-11. The loan includes US $ 10 million
for Capacity Building and Institutional Strengthening
(CBIS).The loan has become effective from 7th
Nov-11 with tenure of 29 years.
investigations at all locations of the project and various
required studies have been completed.
& Resettlement :
THDC India Ltd has formulated a
Rehabilitation & Resettlement policy (R&R Policy) for
the Vishnugad Pipalkoti Hydro Electric Project. The Policy is
based on the National Rehabilitation & Resettlement Policy
2007 (NRRP-2007) incorporating the better features considering
the World Bank Guidelines on Involuntary Settlement and needs
& expectations of the stakeholders.
The Policy addresses the R&R issues
through proactive approach and appropriate Planning on Land
Acquisition. Besides disbursement of compensation by Special
Land Acquisition Officer (SLAO), the Policy envisages
provisions of grants and other benefits considering the
categories and the Entitlements.
For effective implementation of R&R
policy, Rehabilitation Action Plan (RAP) has been formulated
so that after reasonable transition period, the affected
families improve, at least regain their previous standard of
living, earning capacity and production levels.
A total of 132.029 Ha. of Private land
and forest land has been acquired for VPHEP of which 31.639 Ha
is Private Land and 100.39 Ha is Forest
The Implementation of Rehabilitation
Action Plan (RAP) and R&R related Activities are presently
under Progress. The Project has taken over the possession of
requisite 31.639 Ha. of Private Land across 7 Villages. Around
94% of Compensation amount has been disbursed by Special Land
Acquisition Officer (SLAO). Of the 07 Affected Villages, only
one village i.e. Haat is getting
In village Haat 20.337 Ha land has been
acquired. Through District Administration 83 residents
households have been identified. 77 families have signed
agreement with THDCIL, 77 have constructed houses and 72 have
families have demolished their
The process of extending the Special
Package among “Non-Residents” House Owners as per eligibility
is underway. District Administration has verified the list of
50 Non-Resident HSO’s. The registration has been completed for
28 HSO’s &
Various skills up-gradation & income
restoration programs are being undertaken for livelihood
promotion and better employment opportunities for the Project
Affected People (PAP). Various Trainings comprising of dairy
farming, vermin composing, cutting & tailoring, knitting,
kroiler management, Napier grass production, Production of
cash crops, promotion of Tulsi for herbal medicines,
horticulture activities, bee keeping etc. have been imparted
to PAPs. Apart
from this, Vocational Trainings in hotel management, skill
enhancement activities, etc. are also undertaken, in
coordination with various institutes like GMR Foundation, Dr.
Reddy Foundation, and Industrial Training Institutes in nearby
training on knitting & tailoring has already been imparted
among women at village Salna wherein around 34 women from
village got benefitted and have started activity of their own.
Similar Training was imparted among women SHG`s at Relocation
site at Daswana previously. The SHGs have completed knitting
sweaters as per requirement and the sweaters have been
purchased by THDCIL at Rs. 450 per piece. The sweaters are
given to the needy children studying in Primary School. The
activity has since become rotational due to which more demand
are being received by Project. THDCIL, considering the
demand, have procured 2 Knitting Machines and given to SHGs at
Haat & El Dana. The Trainer, as & when required for
training, is deputed by Project.
The Public Information Center (PIC)
established at Gulabkoti has been equipped with computers. A
trainer has been engaged by Project & basic training on
Computers is being imparted among youths of Gulabkoti &
nearby village. The local youths interested in computers are
being imparted training from time to time.
Till date around 12 Youths have been
Various community development programs in
affected villages are in progress that comprise of;
Infrastructure activities, drinking water supply, distribution
of generators, school bags, School Uniforms, Sweaters, Solar
The Scholarship Policy of VPHEP is in the
process of implementation ever since its inception in 2010.
Till date, around 709 students that include 382 Girls from
Project Affected Villages have been benefitted from the said
Scheme. A Cumulative Expenditure of Rs. 21.40 Lacs stand
incurred till academic year 2015-16.
The 1st Installment of the
Scholarship Policy of VPHEP for the Academic year 2016-17
Categories has been disbursed. Around 215
students that include 124 Girls from
Project Affected Villages have been benefitted. An amount of
Lacs have been incurred under said
Process for release of 2nd Installment of
assistance for current Academic year is in
Project in association
with Nirmal Ashram Eye Institute, Rishikesh
Multi Disciplinary Health Camp at Primary Health Centre at
Urgam on 26th
Feb., 2017. Around 315 patients
visited the camp
administered medicines after undergoing
specialists. The spectacles etc. were
the patients as per requirement. Around
07 patients were diagnosed for cataract surgery and were
shifted to “Nirmal Hospital” Rishikesh for necessary cataract
SEWA, THDCIL, Rishikesh is
providing a Mobile Health Van for VPHE
four bridges, approach roads to bridges, colony area, Dam site
and Power house site, have been completed.
of the infrastructure development works have been completed.
and installation of equipment of dam site sub-station has been
completed and sub-station has been handed over to THDCIL.
Installation of equipment in Power House Sub-station building
by UPCL has been completed.
PROJECT STATUS: Project
is being executed through two separate EPC contracts and one
Design Review Consultancy Package.
Contract Agreement for Design Review Consultancy
Package has been signed on 28th Dec-13 with M/S
SMEC International Pty Ltd, Australia amounting to INR
(appx.) and AUS $ 557 thousand (appx.). The work is in
works and Hydro - Mechanical works :
Civil & HM works awarded to M/S HCC Ltd and
agreement has been signed on 17.01.2014 amounting to INR 1597
progress is as under:
River Diversion: At outlet
cut & cover, raft concreting is completed & side walls
& retaining wall works are in progress. Work of outlet
transition portion is in progress. At inlet cut & cover,
raft for 1st & 2nd part has been completed and side walls’
work is in progress. Excavation in 3rd Part and reinforcement
work for raft of excavated part is also in progress
concrete lining completed upto 326.26 m out of 494m. Progress is slow due to
inadequate resource deployment. However, HCC is in the process
of augmenting the resources. River diversion is presently
scheduled in April’2017 which seems to be very difficult.
However, all out efforts are being made to divert the river by
For desilting Chamber- 1,
Crown slashing in DC-1 completed
of 390 m.
portion slashing completed in
entire length of 35m on upstream and
8.5m out of 20m in
For desilting Chamber- 2,
completed upto 258 m
out of 390m. Transition portion
slashing completed in a length of 13m out of 35m in
For desilting Chamber- 3,
Pilot tunnel completed
of 390 RM.
slashing completed upto 163.5 m
out of 390m.
Excavation of HRT by DBM
from dam site completed upto 110 m.
Excavation of Offtake adit
to intake tunnels (EL 1242m) completed upto 87 m.
Excavation of Adit
from El. 1265m to 1288m completed in 81.8m length
out of 190m.
of Intake Tunnel-1 started on 20.02.17 & completed upto
12m out of 160m from DC-1 side.
Excavation of Adit to SFT
completed upto 28.5m.
Excavation of Branch
Tunnel-1 (from HRT to DC-1) completed upto 73.5
Adit to HRT gate operation
chamber has been excavated in a length of 225 m from the portal.
Open excavation in left
bank Dam area above EL 1270:
There is no
progress in open excavation due to ongoing works in outlet
area of Diversion tunnel.
In Power House
slashing completed upto 69
left side slashing completed upto 42 m out of 146m. Due
to technical reasons, right hand side slashing is on hold and
shall be taken up simultaneously with left hand side slashing
after completing 69m on left side.
In Transformer hall
slashing completed upto 51 m.
In Main Access Tunnel
(MAT), excavation has been done upto a length of 397.5 RM out of 407
In Adit to TRT, excavation
has been done up to a length of 628.5 RM out of 635 RM.
Development of TBM
Platform (300m x 75 m) is in progress.
work and slope stabilization works have almost been completed.
Work of extension of TBM platform to accommodate the length of
TBM for erection is in progress. Construction of cradle for
TBM launching in front of TBM launching chamber is also in
progress. Cash flow problem of Contractor led to inadequate
resource deployment which has impacted the work
Supply of TBM
components at site are expected by April’17. TBM launching
chamber excavation has started on 24.01.2017 and 10m heading has been
completed. Superstructure works of DG set is in progress.
Open excavation in TRT
(Tail Race Tunnel): Excavation
work at outlet is in progress since 21.11.2016.
Excavation in bottom Adit
to U/S Surge shaft has been completed in a length of
m out of
Adit to bottom of
Downstream Surge Shaft (352m): Excavation
completed in 151.77m length out of 352m
Adit to top of Downstream
Surge Shaft (57m):
Excavation completed in 27.5m length out of
Honb’le District Court
against THDCIL’s petitions has passed orders for temporary
injunction to restrain the residents of village Haat /
Harsaari (Power House site) and Gulabkoti (Dam site) from
creating any obstruction. For Gulabkoti (Dam site) last
hearing was held on 30.08.16 and decision was given in favour
of THDCIL. Next date of hearing for Haat/Harsari (For Power
House) is 07.04.2017. For Durgapur
village (TRT outlet area), as agreed with the villagers in the
meeting with DM on 08.04.2015, required studies are being
conducted by NIRM. Villagers have been advised by the Distt.
Administration not to stop the work.
Against THDCIL’s petition,
temporary injunction has been granted by the Civil Judge on
05.10.16 in Durgapur village also. Next date of hearing is
Progress of Civil works is
severely affected due to inadequate
resource deployment by M/s HCC on account of financial crisis with M/s
Electro - Mechanical works:
Subsequent to signing of
contract agreement with M/s BHEL on 18.11.2014, the progress
is as under:
testing of Turbine has been completed.
House Station Layout has been approved. BFV
Chamber Plan & Section View are approved.
of soil resistivity at five locations (TRT outlet area, Intake
tunnel area, Access tunnel area, Cable tunnel, Ventilation
tunnel, pothead yard and GIS control area) of project has been
conducted, on remaining six locations (Power intake area,
Penstock tunnel area, Tailrace tunnel area, Power house and
transformer halls, Butterfly valve area and PAC Area), shall
be conducted on availability of fronts.
space for BHEL has been identified.
clearance diagram of EOT crane for Power house, BFV and GIS
Hall has been finalized.
documents/drawings related to Turbine i.e Runner, Shaft,
servomotor, guide bearing and control gear of turbine, Draft
Tube etc. has been approved.
drawings and documents of generator are
line diagram of 400 kV GIS, Pothead yard and protection system
Memorandum of Excitation System, HVAC, Passenger Elevator,
Illumination system, Earthing system and Documents related to
drainage dewatering calculation & diagram are
Basis for fire Protection and Detection System are
documents/drawings of Auxiliary transformers are
Design and Engineering is in progress.
EXPENDITURE ON THE PROJECT:
expenditure incurred on VPHEP Project till Mar-17 is
including IDC & FC of `
9.0 COMMISSIONING SCHEDULE:
The project was originally
conceived to be commissioned within 54 months from the award
of Civil and HM works i.e. by July’2018. Contract for
Electro-mechanical works could be signed in November’2014 with
a completion period of 48 months
per Master Control Network prepared dovetailing the Civil
& HM and EM Works, anticipated commissioning is Dec’19.
10.0 BUDGET ESTIMATE V/S
an expenditure of `
has been incurred on VPHEP against budget estimate of
` 36.05 Cr.