PM Narendra Modi inaugurates three mega hydro projects in Himachal Pradesh

Posted on:18 Oct 2016 18:09:26
PM Narendra Modi inaugurates three mega hydro projects in Himachal Pradesh
18 October 2016 Current Affairs: Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated three hydro-electric projects (HEPs) with a generating capacity of 1,732 MW in Himachal Pradesh. All the three power projects are equipped with generating equipment supplied and commissioned by state owned Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL).

Three hydro-electric projects are


  1. Koldam HEP: It is 4×200 MW capacity project executed by National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC). 

  2. Parbati HEP: It is Stage-III project with a capacity of 530 MW of National Hydropower Corporation (NHPC). 

  3. Rampur HEP: It is 412 MW capacity project of Sutlej Jal Vidyut Nigam (SJVN).


Significance of hydro-projects  : Hydropower generated by hydro-projects is renewable source of energy as it uses and not consumes the water for generation of electricity. It does not emit greenhouse gas emission and helps in achieving a low carbon path. India has hydropower potential of around 1,45,000 MW and at 60% load factor, it can meet the demand of around 85, 000 MW. So far, around 26% of Hydropower potential has been exploited in India.

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