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.
Capacity addition of 444 MW in the Northern Region, reducing peaking power
shortage in the region.
Annual Design Energy of 1674 MU (90% dependable year).
Integrated Development of Chamoli / Garhwal region in the areas of employment,
communication, education, health, tourism, development of Flora & Fauna
Out of 13% free power to the home state Uttarakhand, 1% shall be utilized for
contribution towards local area development.
of MoU between THDCIL and GoUK for investigation & preparation of DPR
of Commercial viability of the project by CEA.
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 15.65 Cumecs.
clearance of 80.507 Ha forest land by MoEF.
approval for transfer of 80.507 Ha of forest land by MoEF.
of G.O. for transfer of 80.507 Ha of forest land by GoUK.
of Lease agreement for 80.507 Ha.
of Land (identified for compensatory afforestation) as protected forest in lieu
of 80.507 Ha. forest land.
REVISED COST ESTIMATE
approval to the project amounting to Rs. 2491.58 Cr (March-08 PL) was accorded
by CCEA in Aug'2008. Considering the award values of Civil & HM works and
Electro-mechanical works, no need has been felt to update the Cost Estimate of
VPHEP at present as the project cost is not likely to exceed the approved cost
by more than 20% of the sanctioned cost (Rs. 2491.58 Cr.). Mandatory review of
the cost shall be done when expenditure amounting to 50% of the approved cost
is incurred or it is felt that the cost of project is likely to exceed the
approved cost by more than specified limit
Major civil works includes a 65 M high
Concrete dam, 13.4 Km long Head Race Tunnel, 3.07 Km long Tail Race Tunnel,
Underground Power House & Transformer hall,
ground Sedimentation Chambers, U/S and D/S
Surge Shafts. The layout plan of the project is enclosed as
Exhibit - III.
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
and Institutional Strengthening (CBIS).The loan has become effective from 7th
Nov-11 with tenure of 29 years.
PRELIMINARY PROJECT WORKS:
Geological investigations at all locations of the project and various required
studies have been completed.
Rehabilitation & Resettlement
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.
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.
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
and forest land has been acquired for VPHEP of which 31.639 Ha is
and 100.39 Ha is
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
across 7 Villages. Around 88%
Title Holders (TH) have received Land Compensation from Special Land
Acquisition Officer (SLAO). Of
the 07 Affected Villages, only one
village i.e. Haat is getting relocated.
Haat 20.337 Ha land has been acquired.
Through District Administration 83 residents households have been identified.
74 families have signed agreement with THDCIL, 74 have constructed houses and
65 have shifted. 45 families have demolished their houses.
it has been agreed to extend the Special Package among "Non-Residents" House
Owners also as per eligibility. District Administration has verified the list
of 50 Non-Resident HSO's. The registration has been completed for 3 HSO's &
Houses demolished as well.
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 areas.
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
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. An amount of Rs. 1.32
lacs, Rs. 2.49 lacs,
Rs. 3.08 lacs & Rs.
3.56 Lacs have been disbursed among Students in accordance of
scholarship policy of VPHEP during the academic year 2011-12, 2012-13,
2013-14 & 2014-15 respectively.
The 2nd & Final Installment of Scholarship
under Meritorious, Project Affected & Poor / Vulnerable / Girl Students
Category for the Academic year 2015-16 among 179 Students that comprise of 97
Girls under Project Affected Area of VPHEP has been disbursed. An amount of Rs.
10.95 Lacs stand incurred on Scholarship for Academic year 2015-16.
date, around 709 students that include 382 Girls from Project Affected Villages
have been benefitted from the Scheme and a Cumulative Expenditure of Rs. 21.40
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.
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
Project is being executed through two separate EPC contracts and one Design
Review Consultancy Package.
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 `
10 Cr (appx.) and AUS
$ 557 thousand (appx.). The work is in progress.
Civil 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 Cr (appx.).
progress is as under:
& Benching Excavation in the entire length (494 RM) of Diversion tunnel has
been completed. Kerb concreting upto 239 m on left side and 255m on right side
(out of 494m) completed. Overt concrete lining completed upto 117.7 m.
Excavation of Cut & cover at outlet completed and at inlet it is in
progress. All HM equipment for River Diversion are ready. River diversion is
rescheduled on 8th Dec-16.
desilting Chamber- 1, 100% pilot excavation (390 m) has been completed.
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 133.5 m.
desilting Chamber- 2, 100% pilot excavation (390 m) has been completed.
Excavation in u/s transition portion completed upto 29.5m out of 35m & u/s
side slashing completed upto 18 m.
For desilting Chamber- 3, Pilot tunnel of 8 m dia. in a total
length of 110.6 RM has been excavated out of total 390 RM.
In Adit to
HRT (Adit - 2), 100% excavation completed on 13th March-16 under
Very good rating. Excavation of HRT by DBM from dam site started on 25.03.2016
& completed upto 4m.
In Adit to
Intake, 100% excavation completed on 26.03.2016.
of Offtake adit to intake tunnels (EL 1242m) started on 10.04.16 and completed
of Adit to SFT started on 12.04.16 & completed upto 7.5m.
of Branch Tunnel-1 (from HRT to DC-1) started on 30.03.16 & completed upto
Adit to HRT
gate operation chamber has been excavated in a length of 162.5m from the
excavation in left bank Dam area above EL 1270 is in progress.
Ventilation Tunnel (VT) / Adit to Power House Top, 100% excavation (415 RM) has
been completed on 27.11.2015.
of Pilot Tunnel in Power House could be done only in a length of 108 m out of
total length 146m.
in Branch Adit to transformer Hall Top (from ventilation Tunnel) completed on
05.03.2016. Excavation of Pilot tunnel in Transformer hall completed in a
length of 60 m out of 142m.
Access Tunnel (MAT), excavation has been done upto a length of 295 RM out of
In Adit to
TRT, excavation has been done up to a length of 316 RM out of 609 RM.
of TBM Platform (300m x 75 m) is in progress. 95% excavation work has been
completed. Foundation & cable trench works for DG sets are in progress.
Approach road to TBM platform for transportation of TBM is in progress in
patches amid resistance by some local residents.
excavation in TRT (Tail Race Tunnel): Progress in outlet area is affected due
to frequent stoppage by local villagers.
completing Portal development works, excavation in bottom Adit to U/S Surge
shaft has been completed in a length of 10 m.
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. Next
dates of hearing are 03.05.2016 (For dam site) and 18.05.2016 (For Power
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
villagers in Honb'le District Court. Next date of hearing is 04.05.2016.
The works at various work fronts were in progress with minor hindrances by the
villagers. Works on all the fronts of the project are standstill since
18.04.2016 due to strike by HCC workers due to delay in payment of wages by
HCC. Though the payment of wages has been done by HCC on 22.04.2016 but the
strike still continued for release of wages not paid to HCC workers during the
period work was stopped by villagers in the dam site area from 18.02.2016 to
29.02.2016. The Local workers engaged by HCC are forcibly stopping those
workers who are willing to work.
3. Electro - Mechanical works:
to signing of contract agreement with M/s BHEL on 18.11.2014, the progress is
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 and GIS Hall has
been finalized. Balance Design and Engineering is in progress.
ON THE PROJECT:
expenditure incurred on VPHEP Project till April-16 is
Cr. including IDC & FC of
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.
ESTIMATE V/S EXPENDITURE:
April-16, an expenditure of
Cr. has been incurred on VPHEP against
budget estimate of