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SJVN’s Luhri-1 Hydro Electric Project enters advanced stage of construction

The SJVN CMD triggered the last blast on Saturday and inaugurated the river diversion of 210 MW Luhri-1 Hydro Electric Project

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  • The estimated cost of Luhri Stage-1 Hydro Electric Project is Rs 1,810 crore
  • The project would also lead to reduction in emission of 6.1 lakh tons of carbon dioxide annually

Shimla: State-run SJVN Ltd’s Chairman and Managing Director (CMD) Nand Lal Sharma triggered the last blast on Saturday and inaugurated the river diversion of 210 MW Luhri-1 Hydro Electric Project. Sharma also inaugurated the commencement of fabrication of Pen Stock and erection works of Diversion Tunnel Gates. On this occasion, SP Bansal, Director (Civil), RL Negi, Head of the Project, along with other senior officials, were also present.

Sharma said that the completion of the 617-metre-long diversion tunnel is an important achievement for the project. “Diversion of river water will pave the way for the construction of Coffer Dam and will take us nearer to our commissioning target,” said Sharma. The foundation stone of 210 MW Luhri Stage-1 Hydro Electric Project was laid by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on December 27, 2021.

Estimated cost of Luhri-1 Hydro Electric Project is Rs 1,810 cr

The SJVN CMD took a detailed review of the ongoing stripping works for Dam, Power House & Tail Race Arrangement at Right Bank of the river and Diversion of National Highway. The National Highway Diversion works are at final stage and will be completed very shortly. With this, the construction works for the dam at Left Bank of the river will also commence. Sharma urged the employees to keep up the dedication and team spirit to complete construction activities of all the components on schedule.

He apprised that the estimated cost of Luhri Stage-1 Hydro Electric Project is Rs 1,810 crore and on completion, it would generate 758 million units of electricity annually. The project would also lead to reduction in emission of 6.1 lakh tons of carbon dioxide annually. He further stated that Luhri-1 Project is contributing in the overall development of the area with community asset creation, infrastructure development and generation of direct and indirect employment. Various CSR initiatives are being implemented in the project vicinity benefitting the region and the State of Himachal Pradesh at large. Sharma also inspected the construction activities for 84-m long Steel Truss Bridge. On completion, the bridge will facilitate the project activities and will be immensely beneficial for the people of Kullu and Shimla districts.

Presently, SJVN has a portfolio of more than 31,500 MW. The company is executing multiple projects in India, Nepal and Bhutan with key focus on harnessing renewable energy. “Rapid addition of multiple projects in recent times has propelled forward the company towards achieving its Shared Vision of 5,000 MW by 2023, 25,000 MW by 2030 and 50,000 MW by 2040,” said SJVN.

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