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1000-MW Karcham Wangtu unit still awaits repairs

The closure of the 1,000-MW Karcham Wangtu hydroelectricity project due to profuse water leakage from the surge shaft and the water-conducting system has again raised concerns about the safety of hydroelectricity projects being constructed in the private sector.

It has also underlined the need for putting in place an effective mechanism for the proper monitoring of projects during the course of construction. The project was closed for urgent repairs last month after the Directorate of Energy issued a notice to the Jaypee Company to rectify the defect as continuous leakage would not only aggravate the problem, but could cause damage in the areas downhill as well.

Joint panel to inspect Karcham Wangtu project.

The installation of high-capacity generating machines at the country’s largest private sector Karcham Wangtu Hydroelectric Project has triggered a controversy as it has virtually raised the install

Jaiprakash Associates-promoted 1,000-MW Karcham Wangtoo hydel power project in Himachal Pradesh will be fully operational from August 16, three months ahead of schedule, managing director DP Goyal said.
The first 250-MW unit of the Karcham Wangtoo project had commenced operations in May this year, he said.

Cold conditions intensified in north India, with Jammu and Kashmir witnessing a fresh spell of snowfall and Himachal Pradesh a tragedy in which six persons were killed and 14 injured when a landslide washed out temporary sheds of labourers at a village in Kinnaur district, 150 km from here, on Sunday.