Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated three hydro projects in Himachal Pradesh – the 800 MW Hydro Power Station of NTPC, 520 MW Parvati Project of NHPC and 412 MW Rampur Hydro Station of SJVNL.
With commencement of generation from four 200 MW units, NTPC – Koldam has achieved capacity of 800 MW and provides peaking capacity to the northern grid. It shall annually generate 3054 GWh electricity at 90% dependable year basis. Twelve percent of the electricity generated from Koldam is being supplied to the home state Himachal Pradesh free of cost while 1 percent to the state on account of Local Area Development fund.
The three hydro projects, the PM said, will bring prosperity to the state as well as other parts of the country.
All the Project Affected Families are being provided 100 units of electricity every month free of cost which accounts for 0.62 percent of the total generation. Thus, a total 13.62 percent of electricity generated from the plant is supplied free of cost to Himachal Pradesh, while remaining power is supplied to other states like Haryana, Punjab, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir, Uttrakhand and Chandigarh.
Piyush Goyal, Union Minister of State (I/C )for Power, Coal , New & Renewable Energy and Mines, Acharya Devvrat, Governor of Himachal Pradesh, Vir Bhadra Singh, Chief Minister, Himachal Pradesh, Jagat Prakash Nadda, Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare among others were present on the occasion.
CMD NTPC Gurdeep Singh shared the salient features and highlights of the Koldam Project through the model displayed at the venue to the Prime Minister.