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as royalty, and a levellized tariff of Rs 1.04 per unit for 35 years, the IPP would return the project to the state for only one crore rupees after the deal period completes.

The project that is designated to generate 220 million units of energy is a run of the river scheme being set up at Thilloo village of Reasi, around 150 kms from Jammu. Ans is a local rivulet that is a tributary of Chenab. The project envisages diverting the rivulet to a barrage at Nadoli and feeding a power house downstream at Thillo. Water will be taken from 876 meter barrage through an 8 km, D-shaped, RCC tunnel with four meter diameter having a capacity of 27.08 meters. It will be a single penstock branching down into four falling for a total height of 4070 meters to move four horizontal axis Francis turbines to generate 10 MW each. To be ready within next five years, the project would cost around Rs 320 crore.

Ans is Chenab’s major perennial tributary that drains around 1090 sq kms for 77 kms between its rise and confluence with Gulabgarh Nallah. It is joined by three small rivulets on its right banks on the length on which the alignment is planned. These include Shikari nallah, Dabri nallah and Kalar nallah.


Four companies gave their financial bids for setting up this project in Kangan belt of Kashmir and it was again M/S DIPL Netcom Power Consortium that bagged the contract as its bid was evaluated at a NPV of Rs 4.72 crore, the lowest of all. Apart from offering 15.25% of free power as royalty, it would sell energy at a levellized price of Rs 1.44 per unit. SPDC would get the project back after 35 years and would pay one crore rupees to the corporation at the termination of the deal. Though other companies had offered returning the project for free and offering more free power but they were making more money by making the energy sales to the SPDC very expensive.

With a yearly design of generating 104 million units a year, the project would cost Rs 216 crore. It would be a run of the river scheme with its headworks at Kanzil village, upstream of Naranag, about 4 km from Wangath. The power station will be in Wangath itself. This stream originating from Gangbal from a height of 4575 meters above mean sea level is a tributary of Sindh rivulet that is otherwise feeding three projects – Sumbal, Kangan and Ganderbal. Its average discharge is 13.50 cubic meters per second (cms) that falls to one cms in winter.

The project envisages a power canal feeding the forebay wherefrom the water will be dropped through an 1100-meter-long penstock for feeding three units at a net head of 245 meters. Instead of a tunnel, the project would have an open canal linking the right bank of the stream between Kanzil and Wangat villages. It will drain from an RCC weir and divert 15.84 cumecs of water to the project. The project would use three vertical Francis turbines to deliver a power of 9 MW each. Though the area lacks any wildlife sanctuary but the forest cover exists. The population is scattered and mostly falls in below poverty line.


For this project in Poonch, there were four bidders. It was finally bagged by M/S Raheja Power Ventures Pvt. Ltd after its parameters were evaluated at the lowest NPV of Rs -23.16 crore. The company would offer 15% of its generations free to the state and handover the project back to the state plus Rs 272.70 crore as terminal offering, not price. Its tariffs would be decided by the SERC as per the existing policy in vogue. All the small projects under 25 MW through IPP mode will have their tariffs decided by the SERC.

First of its project in the Pir Panchal region, it would use the waters from Parnai nallah and will be located in an area around 20 km from Surankote (Poonch), in the foothills of Ratan Pir range (towards Bafliaz and Suran Valley). Parnai nallah is a major tributary of Suran River. This rivulet originates at Western slopes of Pir Panchal range and eventually joins Jhelum through Suran river after crossing the LoC. The project will be located in Girjan village and would use around 10.64 cms of water to feed four units of horizontal Axis Francis turbines – two units of 4 MW each and two units of 2 MW each. The length of main penstock will be 300 m which will bifurcate near power house into four branches, two of 1100 mm diameter and two of 800 mm diameter, to feed four independent turbines.

The project envisages diverting Parnai river inflows by construction of a diversion structure. —

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