Power from Maneri Bhali by year-end

Mar 12, 2006

Dehradun, 12 Mar 2006

The work on 304-MW Maneri Bhali Hydel Project-II in Uttarkashi district, the largest power project by Uttaranchal government, is in its final stages and power generation is expected to begin by this year end, top officials today said.

The construction of a 16-km long underground tunnel from Joshiyara to Dharasu for carrying Bhagirathi river water for the Rs 957 crore project has reached its last stage.

Only 290 meter of digging work is left, Avadh Bihari Giri, the Chief Managing Director of Uttaranchal Jal Vidyut Nigam Limited which is implementing the project, said.

The tunnel has a diameter of 6 meter with a capacity to carry 142 cumex of water, Giri said.

The work on barrage and power house is also in its final stage, he said adding one of the four units of the power house were ready while the rest would soon be completed.

The project was conceptualized in the 1960s and its first phase of 90 mw was commissioned in 1984. But the work on 304 mw second phase was disrupted in 1990 due to paucity of funds but was later resumed in 2002 when Chief Minister N D Tiwari took personal interest in the project and got Rs 800 crore loan sanctioned from the Power Finance Corporation for the completion of the project.

State power minister Amrita Rawat said the project would produce 1566 million units of power per year and earn an annual revenue of Rs 350 cr for the hill state.

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