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
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.
of Land (identified for compensatory afforestation) as
protected forest in lieu of 80.507 Ha. forest
Investment 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 at Dec-15 PL (along with the
proposal of Time and Cost overrun) of ` 3361.22
Cr (including IDC & FC of
` 256.47 Cr.) has been
submitted to MoP vide letter dated 22.10.2016 for
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
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
Institutional Strengthening (CBIS).The loan has become
effective from 7th Nov-11 with tenure of 29
PRELIMINARY PROJECT WORKS:
investigations at all locations of the project and various
required studies have been completed.
Rehabilitation & 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
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.
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
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
72 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 22 HSO's & 20 Houses demolished.
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
inception 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
students. An amount of Rs. 90,000.00 has been incurred under said
Subsequently, the 1st Installment of
the Scholarship under Project Affected and Poor / Vulnerable /
Girl Students category for the Academic Year 2016-17 has been
disbursed among 41 & 120 Students respectively of which 18
& 86 respectively comprise of Girl Students. An amount of
2,21,250 & ` 4,75,750
respectively stand incurred by Project to this effect.
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. Handing over of sub-station to THDCIL is expected
shortly. Installation of equipment in Power House Sub-station
building by UPCL has been completed.
7.0 PROJECT STATUS:
is being executed through two separate EPC contracts and one
Design Review Consultancy Package.
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
progress is as under:
River Diversion: Excavation of outlet cut &
cover has been completed. Slush deposited during flooding is
being removed from Outlet cut & cover portion. Approach
road to outlet that got washed off during monsoon,
been restored. Excavation of inlet cut & cover portion and
lean concrete is in progress. Overt concrete lining completed upto 240.25 m. River
diversion is now targeted to be
achieved by April.'2017.
For desilting Chamber- 1, Crown slashing in DC-1
entire length of 390
Transition portion slashing is in progress.
For desilting Chamber- 2, Excavation in u/s
transition portion completed upto 29.5m out of 35m & crown
completed upto 197.5 m
out of 390m.
For desilting Chamber- 3, Pilot tunnel of 8 m dia.
entire total length of 390
Crown slashing completed upto
out of 390m.
Excavation of HRT by DBM from dam site completed
Excavation of Offtake adit to intake tunnels (EL
1242m) completed upto 75
Excavation of Adit to SFT completed upto
Excavation of Branch Tunnel-1 (from HRT to DC-1)
completed upto 57.5
Adit to HRT gate operation chamber has been
excavated in a length of 222.5 m from the
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 69
left side slashing completed upto 10m out of 146m.
to technical reasons, right hand side slashing is on hold and
shall be taken up simultaneously with left hand side slashing
after completing 69m on left side.
Excavation of Pilot tunnel in Transformer hall
completed in entire
of 142m. Further
side slashing is in progress and completed upto
In Main Access Tunnel (MAT), excavation has been
done upto a length of 397.5 RM out of
In Adit to TRT, excavation has been done up to a
length of 535 RM out of 609
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. In the TBM
launching adit area, support measures are being taken to
stabilize the face.
Open excavation in TRT (Tail Race Tunnel):
work at outlet has now resumed.
Excavation in bottom Adit to U/S Surge shaft has
been completed in a length of 27.5
out of 325.5m.
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 13.02.2017. 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. Against THDCIL's petition, temporary
injunction has been granted by the Civil Judge on 05.10.16 in
Durgapur village also. Next
date of hearing is 04.02.2017.
3. Electro - Mechanical
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 has been approved.
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.
space for BHEL has been identified.
clearance diagram of EOT crane for Power house, BFV and GIS
Hall has been finalized.
documents/drawings related to Turbine i.e embedded parts,
foundation parts, guide apparatus and control gear of turbine
etc. has been approved.
memorandum of generator including drawings and documents i.e.
sectional arrangement, loading on foundation, bottom bracket
sole plate, thrust bearing assembly etc. are approved single
line diagram of 400 kV GIS and Pothead yard is
Memorandum of HVAC, Passenger Elevator, Illumination system,
Earthing system and Documents related to drainage dewatering
calculation & diagram are approved.
Design and Engineering is in progress.
EXPENDITURE ON THE PROJECT:
expenditure incurred on VPHEP Project till Dec-16 is
including IDC & FC of ` 28.94
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
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
an expenditure of ` 38.65Cr.
has been incurred on VPHEP against budget estimate of
` 36.30 Cr.