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SJVN CMD inaugurates river diversion of 66 MW Dhaulasidh project

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New Delhi: SJVN Limited’s Chairman & Managing Director (CMD) Nand Lal Sharma on Tuesday inaugurated a river diversion arrangement of the 66 MW Dhaulasidh Hydro Electric project at Hamirpur, Himachal Pradesh. The CMD said that in a historic event, the foundation stone of the project was laid by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on December 27, 2021. Now, with the diversion of the river, construction works of coffer-dam and excavation of dam foundation have been set in motion. The 253-meter-long diversion tunnel has been completed in a short duration of seven and half months. He further informed that the electro-mechanical works amounting to Rs 136.64 crores and civil and hydro-mechanical works for Rs 526.92 crores have also been awarded.

On this occasion, SJVN Limited’s Director (Personnel) Geeta Kapur, Director (Civil) SP Bansal, Head of the Project Parminder Awasthi along with project officials were present.

During his visit to the project, Sharma inspected the project sites and took a detailed review of the work progress. He appreciated that the construction activities at various components, excavation works at the powerhouse, stripping works at right and left bank, construction of office building and bachelor accommodation are in full swing.

Sharma motivated the employees and exhorted them to put in cohesive efforts and work in coordination to complete the construction activities of all the components ahead of the schedule.

Sharma said that “We are aiming to achieve the target for project commissioning in 2025. This will help SJVN in achieving the vision of an installed capacity of 5000 MW by 2023, 25,000 MW by 2030 and 50,000 MW by the year 2040.”

66 MW Dhaulasidh Hydro Electric project is a run of river scheme on river Beas at Dhulasidh, Distt Hamirpur of Himachal Pradesh. It is being implemented on a build-own-operate-maintain basis. The estimated cost of the project is Rs 687 crores. On completion, it will add 304 million units of energy in a 90 percent dependable year.

Sharma added that the project will lead to the overall upliftment of the area with infrastructure development and the generation of direct and indirect employment. Various development works being undertaken by SJVN under its corporate social responsibility in the project vicinity is benefitting the region and the state at large. 

Currently, SJVN has a portfolio of more than 16,400 MW and is executing multiple projects in hydro, thermal and solar in India, Nepal & Bhutan. The company has also diversified to power transmission and power trading.

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