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.
Capacity addition of 444 MW in the Northern Region,
reducing peaking power shortage in the
Energy Generation of 1674 MU (90% dependable
Integrated Development of Chamoli / Garhwal region in
the areas of employment, communication, education, health,
tourism, development of Flora & Fauna
13% free power, 1% shall be utilized for contribution towards
local area development.
and GoUK entered into MOU on 8th April-03 for
investigation & preparation of DPR. Implementation
agreement was signed on 2nd
Commercial viability of the project was accorded by CEA
in Feb-05. CEA accorded Techno-Economic clearance to the
project in Sep-06.
to the project amounting to ` 2491.58 Cr has been
accorded by CCEA on 21st Aug-08 at March-08 PL.
on the recommendations of the study on cumulative impact
assessment of Hydro power projects in Alaknanda &
Bhagirathi basins up to Devprayag on environment conducted by IIT, Roorkee, the "Minimum Environmental
Flow" has been revised by MOEF from 3 Cumecs to 15.65 Cumecs
on 31st May-11.
clearance of 80.507 Ha forest land has been accorded by MoEF
on 3rd June-11 with fulfillment of the certain
of above conditions, final approval for transfer of 80.507 Ha
of forest land has been accorded by MoEF on 28th
G.O. by GoUK
for transfer of 80.507 Ha of forest land has been issued vide
letter dated 6th
Lease rent for 30 years
and premium charges amounting to `4.53 Cr has been deposited
with the concerned forest Deptts on dated 23rd
Dec'13. Possession of 80.507 Ha. Forest land has been given to
the Project by Forest Department vide letter dtd. 10.01.14.
Field survey works for physical demarcation of forest land has
also been completed at site.
deed has been submitted to Nodal Officer, GOUK on 29.01.14 for
Cost Estimate (RCE) amounting to ` 3745.08 Cr (including IDC & FC of ` 309.53 Cr) at Oct-11 PL was submitted to MOP on
28th Mar-12. The same was forwarded
to CEA by MOP for checking. Observations of CEA regarding IDC have been replied.
CEA has communicated vide their letter dated
18th Sep-12 that RCE
submitted may be treated as returned as approval of revised
design energy may take time. During examination of revised
hydrology report, CWC raised some observations.
Observations of CEA prepared in consultation with IIT, Roorkee
and have been
submitted to CEA.
works includes a 65 M high Concrete dam, 13.4 Km long Head
Race Tunnel, 3.07 Km long Tail Race Tunnel, Spillway,
Underground Power House & Transformer hall, 3 nos
Sedimentation Chambers, U/S and D/S Surge Shafts. The layout
plan of the project is enclosed as Exhibit -
Construction of the project is proposed to be funded
with a Debt: Equity ratio of 70:30. The Equity portion is to
be shared by THDC and GOI in the ratio of 50:50. Out of 50%, GOI and
GOUP will participate in the ratio of 75: 25 respectively.
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 has become effective from
7th Nov-11 with tenure of 29 years.
has started mobilization of manpower and setup his office
& camp at Pipalkoti.
Geological investigations at all locations of the
project and various required studies have been completed. Four
meetings each of Project Review Panel (PRP) & three
meetings of Social Expert Panel (ESP) have been held. Besides
above, Project appraisal missions are being conducted by the
World Bank from time to time. Last mission was
conducted between 16 - 19th May'2013.
The Power House has been planned in Hat village
(out of Dolomite zone) between Ch. 300 - 446 M. Accordingly, cross
drift (total 75 M) at new location at Ch. 410 M on R/S has
been excavated. As part of intensive investigations, the drift has further been extended upto 90 M at Ch. 500 M.
Cross cuts could not be completed due to hurdles created by
Harsari villagers. To resolve the issue, DM (Chamoli) convened
the meeting of Harsari villagers and issued instructions to
plan drift / adit from outside the boundary of Harsari
Accordingly and also on recommendations of PRP to
shift the Power House to PH #4 location, a new drift avoiding Harsari
village has been taken up and has been excavated up to a
length of 300 RM
out of 415 RM. The drift is expected to be completed by
The Rehabilitation & Resettlement (R&R)
policy of VPHEP is under implementation through NGO Sri Bhuvenshwari Mahila Ashram,
Anganisen. Monitoring Committee for implementation of
Rehabilitation Action Plan (RAP) has been constituted by
of 132.029 Ha. Private land and forest land has been
identified for acquisition.
total land, 19.883 Ha forest land and 31.639 Ha. private land,
required for roads, bridges, colony area and project works
etc. has been acquired.
skill up gradation & income restoration programs are being
undertaken for livelihood promotion and better employment
opportunities for the Project Affected People (PAP). So far the trainings
to PAPs have been imparted in the field of dairy farming,
vermin composting, cutting & tailoring, knitting, croiler
management, nepier grass production etc. Production of cash
crops, promotion of tulsi for herbal medicines, horticulture
activities, bee keeping, hotel management & short term
vocational trainings in different fields have also been
Various community development programs in the affected
villages are in progress comprising infra structure, drinking
water supply, distribution of generators, school bags,
sweaters etc. The scholarship (amount of ` 1.31 lacs &
` 2.49 lacs stands
disbursed for the academic year 2011-12 & 2012-13, thus
benefiting around 209 students from Project Affected
the session 2013-14, 1st installment of scholarship
stand disbursed among 157 students falling under meritorious,
project affected and poor/vulnerable/girl student catogory in
accordance of scholarship policy of VPHEP.
acquisition of 18.672 Ha. Hat village land, List of 66 PAF's
(out of 82 PAF's) has been certified by District authorities.
1st installment of special package has been
released among 57 PAF's (out of 66), 2nd
installment released to 54 PAFs and 3rd installment
released to 7 PAF (who have demolished their old houses). 54 PAF's have
constructed their houses. Till date 44 PAFs have shifted to
new occupancy from village Haat.
verification of first batch of applicants of left out eligible
PAF's entitled for special package has been completed by
Committee formed by DM (Chamoli). Committee has recommended
names of 10 PAF's eligible for special package. Agreement has
already been signed with 7 PAFs and for other 3 PAFs agreement
is under process. Meanwhile, 4 PAF's have received Single
& Final Installment of `10 Lacs. The PAF's
are already residing in their alternate houses.
In addition, R&R
assistance of ` 10 lacs have been
disbursed among 2 PAF's after demolition of their old houses
at Harsari village.
All four bridges (at
Tunli for Adit - III, bridge at Dam site, Hat bridge for Power
House, Surge Shaft, TRT and Colony and Birahi Bridge near TRT)
have been completed. Out of various roads planned under stage-
II & III, road leading from NH- 58 to Tunli bridge, L/B
road from NH - 58 to Dam site bridge & Dam bridge to dump
yard, L/B road from NH-58 to Lungsi Bridge and widening of L/B
road from NH-58 to Hat bridge & thereafter on R/B to
colony/Power House have been completed. Formation cutting on
R/B road from Tunli bridge to Guniyala village (approach to
Adit-III) was also completed.
Construction of main Permanent Field hostel, "A" type
Field hostel, Temporary office building/Executive FH,
Pre-fabricated Office buildings/Non-executive Field Hostel,
Shops (for PAF's), recreation Club building and P&T
exchange have been completed. The work of upper terrace of
main administrative office building alongwith modular
furniture has been completed, while work at lower terrace is
under progress. Other infrastructure development works i.e.
Guest House, 12 nos. 'B' type Qtrs, works of internal Colony
Roads etc. are also under progress.
Regarding 5 MVA load each for Dam site and Power House
site, line route plan for tower line has been given to UPCL.
After development of terrace for substation, work of earth
matting has been completed on 26.06.2013 where as
supply/installation of various equipments are under progress.
The work of sub-station building at Power House site has also
been started at site.
process of ongoing works is very adversely affected due to
heavy current monsoon & frequently blockade / damages of
National Highway (NH 58) at various
of Main Works:
shall be got executed through two separate EPC contracts:
works and Hydro - Mechanical works :
Letter of Acceptance for EPC Contract for Civil &
HM works has been issued to M/S HCC Ltd on 19.12.13 and
agreement has been signed on 17.01.14.
- Mechanical works :
Prequalification of bidders has been completed and
bidding documents have been issued to seven prequalified
bidders on 3rd Feb-14.
Agreement for Design Review Consultancy Package has been
signed on 28th Dec-13 with M/S SMEC International
Pty Ltd, Australia.
advance action till EPC contract is awarded, stabilization of
benches works in inlet area and required excavation at outlet
area of Diversion tunnel have been completed.
open excavation for portal of Exploratory Tunnel to De-Silting
Chamber has been completed.
EXPENDITURE ON THE
expenditure incurred on VPHEP Project till Jan-14 is
Crs including IDC & FC of ` 25.69Cr.
The project is
planned to be commissioned in 54 months from
the date of signing of Contract for Civil &
BUDGET ESTIMATE V/S
an expenditure of ` 3.80
Cr. has been incurred on VPHEP
against revised budget estimate of ` 4.67
Cr. while cumulative expenditure
upto Jan-14 is ` 40.33 against revised budget estimate of ` 44.19