Five Uttarakhand hydro power plants to be repaired under World Bank project

Two dams and three barrages in Uttarakhand are likely to be rehabilitated under the project of World Bank (WB) with an estimated cost of Rs 200 crore. An official from Uttarakhand Jal Vidyut Nigam Limited said in Roorkee that the rehabilitation work of these five hydrogenation units will be completed in three years.

During an international conference on dam safety, Amarjit Singh, secretary in Union ministry of water resources, said, “With the international conference on safety of dams, UJVNL has called the dam engineers and academic experts from civil engineering from different parts of the country as well as abroad to share their experience on the issue of renovation, repair and rehabilitation of the dams.”

The conference organized by UJVNL, in association with Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee (IIT-R), saw participation of nearly 400 hydro power experts, including 50 foreign participants from countries like Japan, France and Germany.

According to UJVNL, two dams — Ichhari dam over Tonk river in Dehradun and Manaeri (stage one) dam over Bhagirathi river in Uttarkashi — will be repaired under the project. Besides the dams, Asan barrage in Doon valley, Dakpather barrage in Dehradun and Pashulok barrage in Rishikesh are being covered under the dam rehabilitation and improvement project (DRIP) of World Bank.

The project is reportedly covering 250 dams in seven states in the first phase and Rs 2,100 crore has been sanctioned by WB for the purpose.



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