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Work begins on Naitwar Hydro

Double afforestation planned on site

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The 60 MW Naitwar Mori Hydro Eaectric Project (NMHEP) in Uttarakhand has been given four years for completion by December, 2021.

Laying the project’s foundation stone on 30 Mar 2018, Minister of State for Power, New and Renewable Energy, R K Singh assured of the environment.

All precautions have been taken to minimise the environmental impact of the Rs.648.33 crore project.

Compensatory afforestation will be done on double the forest land acquired for the project, with a total cost is Rs.3.74 crore.

A provision of Rs.1 crore has been made for construction of fishway for better fisheries management while muck disposal plan has been put in place to stabilise the dumping sites.

The NMHEP, with two underground generating units of 30MW each, is located on the river Tons – a tributary of the Yamuna, in Uttarkashi district.

It will add 265.5 Million Units of renewable energy to the grid and would result in CO2 emissions reductions to the tune of 0.21 Million tons annually.

NMHEP envisages construction of 30.50 m high barrage located at d/s of the confluence of Rupin and Tons rivers at village Naitwar, 4.33 km long Head Race Tunnel having 5.6 m dia., 51.65 m deep surge shaft with a dai of 18 m.

The project utilizes a net head of 90.76 m. to generate 265.50 MU in a 90 per cent dependable year.

This run-of-the river project was allocated to SJVN Ltd by the Uttarakhand government. SJVN Ltd is a Mini Ratna PSU under administrative control of the Ministry of Power.

With environment clearance accorded in 2016, all statutory clearances for the project are in place. Major civil works were awarded in December, 2017. fii-news.com

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