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
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.
of 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
REVISED COST ESTIMATE
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
not been incurred but there is time overrun in the
Therefore, as desired by MoP, RCE at Dec-15
PL (along with the proposal of Time and Cost overrun) of
(including IDC & FC of ` 256.47
Cr.) has been submitted to MoP vide letter dated 22.10.2016
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, 3
under ground 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
Institutional Strengthening (CBIS).The loan has become
effective from 7th Nov-11 with tenure of 29
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
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
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.
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.
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 71 have shifted. 54 families have
demolished their houses.
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 21 HSO's
& 18 Houses
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.
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
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.
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
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 ` 21.40 Lacs stand incurred till academic year
1st 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 `
90,000.00 has been incurred so far. For other categories
disbursement process is under progress.
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
Cr (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: Due to strike by HCC workers from
18.04.16 to 26.05.16, certain 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. Slush deposited
during flooding is being removed from Outlet cut & cover
portion. Approach road to outlet that got washed off during
monsoon, restoration is in progress. Excavation of inlet cut
& cover portion and lean concrete is in
progress. Overt concrete lining completed upto 234.35 m. River diversion is now targeted to be achieved by Feb.'2017.
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 length of 358.5 m.
For desilting Chamber- 2, Excavation in u/s
transition portion completed upto 29.5m out of 35m & u/s
completed upto 160 m.
For desilting Chamber- 3, Pilot tunnel of 8 m dia.
in a total length of 371 RM has been excavated out of total 390
Excavation of HRT by DBM from dam site completed
upto 20 m.
Excavation of Offtake adit to intake tunnels (EL
1242m) completed upto 68 m.
Excavation of Adit to SFT completed upto
Excavation of Branch Tunnel-1 (from HRT to DC-1)
completed upto 10
Adit to HRT gate operation chamber has been
excavated in a length of 200 m from the portal.
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
m out of 146m. Due
to geological variations and plugging of drift diverting water
ingress to other location, further slashing is kept on hold.
Excavation of Pilot tunnel in Transformer hall
completed in entire length
of 142m. Further
side slashing is in progress and completed upto
In Main Access Tunnel (MAT), excavation has been
done upto a length of 393.5 RM out of 407 RM.
In Adit to TRT, excavation has been done up to a
length of 473.5 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
Open excavation in TRT (Tail Race Tunnel):
Progress in outlet area is affected due to frequent stoppage
by local villagers.
Excavation in bottom Adit to U/S Surge shaft has
been completed in a length of 22
m 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 22.11.2016. 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 18.11.2016.
3. Electro - Mechanical
Subsequent to signing of contract agreement with
M/s BHEL on 18.11.2014, the progress is as under:
Model 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, BFV and GIS Hall has
been finalized. Design Memorandum of Generator, Elevator, and
illumination system has been approved along with the Single
line diagram of 400 kV GIS and Pothead yard. Design Memorandum
of Generator has been approved. Balance Design and Engineering
is in progress.
EXPENDITURE ON THE PROJECT:
expenditure incurred on VPHEP Project till Oct-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 EXPENDITURE:
Oct-16, an expenditure of `10.44
has been incurred on VPHEP against budget estimate
of `36.30 Cr.