Vishnugad-Pipalkoti Hydro Electric Project
(4x111 MW) is a run-of-the-river scheme. It
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
REVISED COST ESTIMATE
approval to the project amounting to ` 2491.58 Cr
(March-08 PL) was accorded by CCEA in Aug'2008. As desired by MoP, RCE at May'17 PL of Rs. 3789.61
Cr (including IDC & FC of Rs. 235.59 Cr.) has been
submitted to MoP on 31.10.2017 for approval.
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. The layout plan of the project is enclosed
as Exhibit - IV.
5.0 PROJECT FUNDING
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 Land.
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 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 72 have
shifted. 58 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
31 HSO's & 30 Houses demolished.
Settlement with all 09 ST Families
reached at. Of the 09 families, 02 Families have already
signed agreement & an amount INR 01 Million disbursed as
well. Families have shifted.
Agreement stands signed with another 07
families. Of the Total Special Package of INR 10 Lacs, the
1st & 2nd Installment of INR 03 Lacs
has already been disbursed among ST Families. The Construction
of 03 Houses on the 8 Naali land purchased by ST Families is
complete & Finishing activities are under progress.
Development of Area including providing necessary
infrastructure facilities at above relocation site has been
completed by THDCIL.
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
The training on knitting
& tailoring has already been imparted among the women from
Villages; Tapon, Salna, El Dana & Daswana. Around 113
& 67 Females have been benefitted from Training on
Tailoring & Knitting respectively from said villages. The Females have
started activity of their own. THDCIL purchases the sweaters
& payment being disbursed at Rs. 450 per piece. THDCIL
distributes the sweaters to the needy children studying in
Primary School. THDCIL has purchased 2 Knitting
Machines and given to SHGs at Haat & El Dana as well. The
Trainer as & when required for training is deputed by
Project. The NGO also intervenes from time to time. The knitting &
tailoring activity has since become rotational due to which
the Females in Project Area are getting independent
After completion of the 3 Days Training
on Promoting Oyster Mushroom cultivation at Dehradun during
June, 2017 by 8 Women PAPs from village Guniyala, Haat &
Jaisal, the PAPs have cultivated good quantity of Oyster
Mushrooms for themselves. The Extra Quantity so cultivated has
been distributed among other PAPs of same village in order to
spread & boost the activity. The NGO intervenes as &
when assistance by PAPs is required. THDCIL has also proposed
to give Tool Kit & other requisite equipments for
promotion of Oyster Mushroom cultivation among PAPs. Apart
from above, other areas from where PAPs have been generating
income are Dairy Development, Backyard Poultry, Agricultural
activities etc. The above activities are a tool under
employment generation / livelihood Programme.
December, 2017, a total of 14 Youths from villages; 3 -
Helong, 2 - Gulabkoti, 1 - Batula, 1 - Dungri Baroshi, 3 -
Baula-Durgapur, 1 - Naurakh, 2 - Bentha & 1 - from Haat
have been deputed to undergo various trainings viz; 3 - Months
on Electrician Trade, 5 - Months Refrigerating & Air
Conditioning, 3 - Months Excavator Operator under Vocational
Training Institute of GMR, New Delhi. The Expenditure on
account of the above Training is being borne by THDCIL.
The Public Information Center (PIC)
established at Gulabkoti is since functional. The PIC is
equipped with computers. The youths from Gulabkoti &
nearby villages attend the centre to build confidence towards
working on Computers. Around 12 Youths have been benefitted
Various community development programs in
affected villages are in progress that comprise of;
Infrastructure activities, drinking water supply, distribution
of generators, school bags, Uniforms, Sweaters, Solar Lights
The Scholarship Policy of VPHEP is in the
process of implementation ever since its inception in 2010.
Till date, around 924 students that include 506 Girls from
Project Affected Villages have been benefitted from the said
Scheme. A Cumulative Expenditure of Rs.37.14 Lacs stand
incurred till academic year 2016-17.
The 1st Installment of
Scholarship Assistance under Merit Category for the Academic
Year 2017-18 have already been disbursed benefitting 55
Students that include 31 Girls. An amount of Rs. 93,000 stand
incurred by Project for above said Category.
The 1st Installment of
Scholarship Assistance under Remaining two Categories i.e.
Project Affected & Poor / Vulnerable / Girl Students for
the Academic Year 2017-18 have also been disbursed benefitting
177 Students that include 111 Girls. Accordingly an amount of
Rs. 7,45,000 stand incurred by Project for above two
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.
7.0 PROJECT STATUS: Project is being
executed through two separate EPC contracts and one Design
Review Consultancy Package.
Design Review Consultancy:
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
Civil works and Hydro - Mechanical works :
& HM works awarded to M/S HCC Ltd and agreement has been
signed on 17.01.2014 amounting to INR 1597 Cr (appx.).
structure wise progress is placed at Exhibit - V.
3. Electro - Mechanical
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 and longitudinal section has been
approved. BFV Chamber Plan & Section View is
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.
clearance diagram of EOT crane for Power house, BFV and GIS
Hall and master drawing list has been
documents/drawings related to Turbine i.e Runner, Shaft,
servomotor, guide bearing and control gear of turbine, Draft
Tube embedments etc. has been approved.
drawings and documents of generator are
line diagram of 400 kV GIS, Pothead yard and Basic Design of
Protection system (i.e Main Single Line Diagram) are
Calculation of Earthing system, Design Memorandum of
Excitation System and Test Protocol and Schematic diagram of
excitation system, HVAC, Passenger Elevator, Illumination
system, Earthing system, Lubricating Oil Handling System,
Mechanical Workshop and Documents related to drainage
dewatering calculation & diagram are
Basis report for GIS,
Protection and Detection System is
documents/drawings of Auxiliary transformers are
Documents related to MIV and BFV i.e Design memorandum,
General Arrangement and Loads and Foundation etc. are
Design and Engineering is in progress.
8.0 EXPENDITURE ON THE
expenditure incurred on VPHEP Project till Feb'18 is
including IDC & FC of `
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 i.e. by Nov.'2018.
Based on the current assessment, project is expected to
be commissioned by Nov-2020. The same has been apprised to the
Board in its 186th
meeting held on 15.06.17 and to MOP in QPR
meeting on 28.11.17.
BUDGET ESTIMATE V/S EXPENDITURE:
an expenditure of `15.19Cr.
has been incurred on VPHEP against budget estimate of