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 of 20%.
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
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
and Institutional Strengthening (CBIS).The loan has become effective from 7th
Nov-11 with tenure of 29 years.
6.0 PRELIMINARY PROJECT
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 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 relocated.
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 70 have shifted.
50 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 19 HSO's
& 16 Houses demolished.
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
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
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 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.
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 Rs. 21.40 Lacs stand incurred till academic year
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:
Due to strike by HCC workers from 18.04.16 to 26.05.16, some 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 but due to rise in river water level, protection wall
could not be constructed at outlet and has been constructed 200 m inside the
tunnel from outlet portal. Excavation of inlet cut & cover portion is in
progress. Flood protection wall at the inlet has been constructed. Overt
concrete lining completed upto 123.7m. All HM equipments for river Diversion
are ready. River diversion
scheduled in Dec-16 is jeopardized.
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
For desilting Chamber- 2, Excavation in u/s transition portion completed upto
29.5m out of 35m & u/s
slashing completed upto
For desilting Chamber- 3, Pilot
tunnel of 8 m dia. in a total length of
RM has been excavated out of total 390 RM.
Excavation of HRT by DBM from dam site completed upto 4m.
Excavation of Offtake adit to intake tunnels (EL 1242m) completed upto
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 165m from
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 HCC workers.
Excavation of Pilot Tunnel in Power House
Further side slashing is in progress.
Excavation of Pilot tunnel in Transformer hall completed in a length of
m out of 142m.
In Main Access Tunnel (MAT), excavation has been done upto a length of
RM out of 407 RM.
In Adit to TRT, excavation has been done up to a length of
RM out of 609 RM.
Development of 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.
approach road to TBM platform
is hampered due to heavy rains.
Open excavation in TRT (Tail Race Tunnel): Progress in outlet area is affected
due to frequent stoppage by local villagers.
in bottom Adit to U/S Surge shaft has been completed in a length of
21m out of 325.5m.
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 23.08.2016 (For dam site) and 23.08.2016 (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 19.08.2016.
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. Design Memorandum of Generator has been
approved. Balance Design and Engineering is in progress.
ON THE PROJECT:
expenditure incurred on VPHEP Project till July-16 is
862.25 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
i.e. by Nov.'2018.
As per Master Control Network prepared dovetailing the Civil & HM and EM
Works, anticipated commissioning is Dec'19.
BUDGET ESTIMATE V/S EXPENDITURE:
July-16, an expenditure of
Cr. has been incurred on VPHEP against
budget estimate of