Three Hydel  Projects shut down in Himachal, North India faces energy shortage

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Saroj Ranta

Shimla – (August 7) – Heavy monsoon rains on Tuesday have forced the shutdown of three hydel power projects, disrupting over 2912 MWs of electricity produced in Himachal Pradesh.

“With the rising water level, mud and silt in the Sutlej river, all the three big hydropower project including 1500 MWs Nathpa –Jhakri, 1000 MWs Karchum Wangtu and 421 MWs Rampur , have come to halt since early morning today,” said Sanjay Sood General Manager, SJVNL (Sutlej Jal Vidyut Nigam Ltd).

Staying out of production for twenty four hour , these projects would lose revenue over thirty crores of rupees.

The sand level in the Sutlej has risen to 20,000 ppm making river water unfit for power production which could damage the machines working in generation unit, Mr Sood added. On the Sutlej catchment region the rains are playing havoc since last three days, flooding the rivers both small and big.

“These projects could be restored back into production tomorrow morning if the rains stops and situation comes back to normal with river water receding with silt level falling down to 5000ppm,” Sanjay Sood said.

These three big energy projects provides power to eight states including Punjab, Haryana, Rajasthan, Delhi, UP, Uttarakhand, J&K and Chandigarh. With the shutdown of these projects, many North Indian states will start facing chronic power shortages including power cuts.

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