"Rampur Hydel Project to be completed in record time"

Kanwar Yogendra

1770 million units of electricity will be produced in a year: GM

Another mega power project of 700 MW at Luhri is in the offing `Rampur project is going to be hundred percent environment friendly'

Rampur: Elated by the allotment of adjacent 412 MW Rampur Hydel Project, the public sector "mini navratna" company Satluj Jal Vidyut Nigam in Himachal Pradesh has pledged to complete the project in a record time of less than 60 months.

After signing the agreement with the State Government here early this year the SJVN engineers are already ahead in their construction schedule of this compact and medium sized Rs.2047 crore run of the river project.

While presenting the fast pace and initial progress at the site to media persons, project General Manager V.K. Sharma claimed that 1770 million units of electricity will be produced in a year and there will be an expenditure of Rs.497 lakh on generating every megawatt and per unit of electricity would cost Rs.1.80.

The hill State would get 12 percent free power and 30 percent of the 88 percent of electricity at bus bar rates. The state is also putting an equity of 30 percent in all SJVN ventures from now. The MoU for another mega project of 700 MW capacity at Luhri is in the offing .

The SJVN management has also claimed that the Rampur project with the minimum human displacement is going to be hundred percent environment friendly and least interfering with the nature. The SJVN has been declared 14001:2004 company for its environmental management plans , claimed Mr. Sharma.

He said the silt free, tail race water of Nathpa-Jhakri project will be used in the Rampur project and no dam or de-silting chambers are required for the project, thereby the production costs in this venture would cut down drastically.

The water from the previous tail race tunnel would enter a 15 km long new tunnel of Rampur project and reach the power house in Bayal. The digging of the main tunnel is in full swing with the works also going on at four edits at different places with the help of Indian and foreign contractors. The tunneling work with an inside temperature of 40 to 50 degrees is taking place without any hassles and under a strict and full time supervision of SJVN engineers and experts, claimed Mr. Sharma. He told this correspondent that no causalities are expected this time during tunneling as the organization had learnt much during the Nathpa-Jhakri project.

When asked about the recent agitation by the Kissan Sabha and CITU at the project site, the GM maintained that the company has entered into an agreement with the local agriculturists whose land has been acquired. They have been paid alternative plots and compensation. .

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