Work on three hydro-electric projects on Bhagirathi suspended
The construction work has been suspended in three out of eight hydro-electric projects on river Bhagirathi in Uttarakhand, the government told the Rajya Sabha today.
New Delhi: The construction work has been
suspended in three out of eight hydro-electric projects on
river Bhagirathi in Uttarakhand, the government told the Rajya
Replying to a written query, Environment Minister
Jairam Ramesh said that the work on hydro projects Bharonghati
(381 MW), Loharinag Pala (600 MW) and Pala Maneri (480 MW) has
been suspended in compliance with the state government
directions of 2008.
Giving details of the other projects he said, Maneri
Bhali I (90 MW) and II (304) were commissioned in 1984 and
2008 respectively and generating power. The 1000 MW Tehri dam
was commissioned in 2006 while Koteshwar dam, (400 MW) will be
commissioned in 2010-2011.
"The techno-economic clearance on the DPR has been
accorded and land acquisition for the project is in progress,"
Ramesh added that the dams are not expected to cause
extinction of river Ganga because the waters, after diversion,
will be taken to power house and following generation of
electricity will be redirected into the river.
"Also, stipulated mandatory discharge is made in the
downstream below the diversion structure in the river for the
aquatic environment," he said.