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
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
13% free power to the home state Uttarakhand, 1% shall be
utilized for contribution towards local area
Signing of MoU between THDCIL
and GoUK for investigation & preparation of
Approval of Commercial
viability of the project by
Signing of Implementation
Approval of Techno-Economic
clearance to the project by CEA.
Investment approval to the
project amounting to Rs. 2491.58 Cr (March-08 PL) by
Revision in "Minimum
Environmental Flow" by MoEF from 3 Cumecs to 15.65
Stage-1 clearance of 80.507 Ha
forest land by MoEF.
approval for transfer of 80.507 Ha of forest land by
Issuance of G.O. for transfer
of 80.507 Ha of forest land by
Signing of Lease agreement for
Declaration of Land (identified
for compensatory afforestation) as protected forest in
lieu of 80.507 Ha. forest
approval to the project amounting to ` 2491.58 Cr (March-08 PL) was accorded by CCEA in
the expenditure amounting to 50% of
the approved cost has not been incurred but
there is time overrun in the project.
Therefore, as desired by MoP, RCE is being updated. RCE is
under process of submission to Ministry for
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.
Construction 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.
For 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
and Institutional Strengthening (CBIS).The loan has become
effective from 7th Nov-11 with tenure of 29
investigations at all locations of the project and various
required studies have been
Rehabilitation & Resettlement
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
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
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
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
71 have shifted.
54 families have
demolished their houses.
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 20 HSO's & 17 Houses
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 areas.
During August, 2015,
knitting and tailoring course of 3 Months duration was started
in village Salna. 34 women from village got benefitted.
Similar Training commenced among Female PAPs of Haat residents
from 8th April, 2016 at Relocation site at Daswana.
The Trainer imparting Training has been deputed by
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. Till date around 12 Youths
have been benefitted. The local youths 5 in number interested
in computers are being imparted training at present. 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 Lights etc.
The Scholarship Policy
of VPHEP is in the process of implementation ever since its
introduction 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
` 21.40 Lacs stand incurred till academic year
Installment of the Scholarship Policy of VPHEP for the
academic year 2016-17 under Meritorious category has been
disbursed among 54 students of which 20 comprise of Girl
four bridges, approach roads to bridges, colony area, Dam site
and Power house site, have been completed.
Most of the
infrastructure development works have been completed.
civil works of Dam Site Substation building has been
completed. Supply of equipment has been completed.
Installation of equipment is in progress. Installation of
equipment in Power House Sub-station building by UPCL has been
7.0 PROJECT STATUS:
is being executed through two separate EPC contracts and one
Design Review Consultancy
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
The progress is as
River Diversion: Due to strike by HCC workers from
18.04.16 to 26.05.16, certain critical activities (like
excavation and raft of Cut & cover at inlet and outlet
alongwith flood protection walls) got delayed. Excavation of
outlet cut & cover has been completed. Excavation of inlet
cut & cover portion is presently suspended as inlet is
being used as approach for DT lining works. Overt concrete
lining completed upto 199.2 m. Outlet cut & cover works
can be taken up after restoring the approach road that got
washed off during monsoon. River diversion is now expected to
be achieved by Feb.'2017.
For desilting Chamber- 1, Excavation in transition
portion has been done in a length of 36.5 m. Crown slashing in
DC-1 is in progress and achieved in a length of 322.5
For desilting Chamber- 2, Excavation in u/s
transition portion completed upto 29.5m out of 35m & u/s
completed upto 140.5 m.
For desilting Chamber- 3, Pilot tunnel of 8 m dia.
in a total length of 311 RM has been excavated out of total
Excavation of HRT by DBM from dam site completed
upto 12 m.
Excavation of Offtake adit to intake tunnels (EL
1242m) completed upto 61.5
Excavation of Adit to SFT completed upto
Excavation of Branch Tunnel-1 (from HRT to DC-1)
completed upto 6m.
Adit to HRT gate operation chamber has been
excavated in a length of 195.5 m from the portal.
Open excavation in left bank Dam area above EL
1270: There is no progress in open excavation due to
non-mobilization of PRW at this front after strike call off by
Excavation of Pilot Tunnel in Power House
completed in entire length of 146 m. Further right side
slashing completed upto 61m out of 146m.
Excavation of Pilot tunnel in Transformer hall
completed in a length of 119 m out of 142m.
In Main Access Tunnel (MAT), excavation has been
done upto a length of 372.5 RM out of 407
In Adit to TRT, excavation has been done up to a
length of 447.5 RM out of 609
TBM Platform (300m x 75 m) is in progress. 95% excavation work
has been completed. Superstructure works of DG set is in
progress. Work of part extension of TBM platform in front of
TBM entry adit has been initiated. Road to TBM
platform has been restored.
Open excavation in TRT (Tail Race Tunnel):
Progress in outlet area is affected due to frequent stoppage
by local villagers.
Excavation in bottom Adit to U/S Surge shaft has
been completed in a length of 21m out of
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 01.10.2016. 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. A case has been filed against local
Durgapur villagers in Honb'le
District Court. Next date of hearing is
3. Electro - Mechanical
Subsequent to signing of contract agreement with M/s
BHEL on 18.11.2014, the progress is as under:
Model testing of Turbine has been completed. Power
House Station Layout has been approved. Measurement of soil
resistivity at different locations of project has been
conducted. Storage space for BHEL has been identified Crane clearance
diagram of EOT crane for Power house, BFV and GIS Hall has
been finalized. Design Memorandum of Generator, Elevator, and
illumination system has been approved along with the Single
line diagram of 400 kV GIS and Pothead yard. Design Memorandum
of Generator has been approved. Balance Design and Engineering
is in progress.
EXPENDITURE ON THE
expenditure incurred on VPHEP Project till Sep-16 is
including IDC & FC of ` 28.94
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
by Nov.'2018. As
per Master Control Network prepared dovetailing the Civil
& HM and EM Works, anticipated commissioning is Dec'19.
10.0 BUDGET ESTIMATE V/S
Sep-16, an expenditure of ` 22.12
has been incurred on VPHEP against budget estimate of
` 35.60 Cr.