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
Investment approval to the project
amounting to `
2491.58 Cr (March-08 PL) was accorded by CCEA in
Aug'2008. Due to time overrun in the project, 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.) was
submitted to MoP vide letter dated 22.10.2016 for approval.
Now, MOP vide letter dtd. 29.05.2017 directed to initiate the
RCE of VPHEP at the earliest. Necessary actions have been
initiated to prepare the RCE at current price level and
updated RCE at May'17 PL shall be submitted to MoP by
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.
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. 55 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
28 HSO's & 26 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 & 1st Installment of INR 03 Lacs of
the INR 01 Million has also been released. ST Families have
already purchased 08 Naali of land for their relocation.
Development of Area including providing necessary
infrastructure facilities at relocation site has been
completed by THDCIL. Construction of houses by 3 ST Families
is under Progress.
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 have 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
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 been disbursed benefitting 55 Students that
include 31 Girls. An amount of Rs. 93,000 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 and sub-station has been handed over to THDCIL.
Installation of equipment in Power House Sub-station building
by UPCL has been completed.
PROJECT STATUS: Project
is being executed through two separate EPC contracts and one
Design Review Consultancy Package.
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
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 -
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
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 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 approved.
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 ISSUES TO BE
8.1 Maintaining Law and
Order at Vishnugad
Pipalkoti Hydro Electric Project (444MW), Distt.
villagers had stopped all the Dam site works since 13.05.2017
evening to press for their undue demands. Exhausting all
persuasive efforts, THDCIL submitted a petition against four
villagers in the Honb'le District Court on 09.06.2017 for
relief. Temporary injunction to restrain the locals of Helong
village from creating any obstruction has been passed by the
Hon'ble Distt. Court on 28.06.2017. After prolonged persuasion
by THDCIL, Distt. Administration and also with the
intervention of the Hon'ble Distt. Court, 'dharna' by the
Helong villagers was finally called off on 03.07.2017 evening.
Regular support of Distt. Administration is required for
continued smooth execution of works at site.
8.2 Cash Crunch faced by
The project works are
almost in standstill position due to financial problems of the
civil works contractor M/s HCC. The works are moving towards
demobilization stage due to inadequate deployment of resources
by M/s HCC. Subsequent to approval of the Board for extending
financial assistance, part gap funding support was provided to
the contractor against BG in phases to improve the resource
deployment at various work fronts. The contractor is facing
problem in arranging even Bank Guarantees for further gap
funding support, therefore this part financial support against
BG provided to HCC could not bring the project on
Due to cash crunch faced,
Contractor (M/S HCC) is not able to augment required
resources, required spares for equipment and timely payments
to PRWs severely affecting work progress.
project works (PSP and VPHEP) were almost in standstill
position during last few months. The works were moving towards
demobilization stage due to inadequate deployment of resources
by M/s HCC.
to meeting with Secretary, GoI, MoP on 30.05.2017,
THDCIL Board in its 186th meeting held on
15.06.2017 approved to provide interest bearing additional
Working Capital advance (Rs. 25 Crs for PSP and Rs. 37.5 Crs.
for VPHEP) to M/s HCC against Performance Bank Guarantee
(PBGs) already available with THDCIL. Working capital advance
is being released in phases for PSP and VPHEP.
9.0 EXPENDITURE ON THE
expenditure incurred on VPHEP Project till Sep-17 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
11.0 BUDGET ESTIMATE V/S
an expenditure of `
has been incurred on VPHEP against budget estimate of
tructure wise progress of Civil