Facing inordinate delays, state-run NTPC’s 520 MW Tapovan Vishnugad hydro electric power plant in Uttarakhand, involving a project cost of around Rs 4,000 crore, is likely to be commissioned by March 2019.
“Our commissioning schedule is March 2019....We do not foresee any hurdles as of now and the project is coming by March 2019,” Jagdish Roy, Group General Manager, Tapovan Vishnugad and Lata Tapovan hydro power project told.
NTPC Limited (previously known as National Thermal Power Corporation Limited) is an Indian PSU Public Sector Undertaking, engaged in the business of generation of electricity and allied activities.
It is a company incorporated under the Companies Act 1956 and a “Government Company” within the meaning of the act. The headquarters of the company is situated at New Delhi. NTPC’s core business is generation and sale of electricity to state-owned power distribution companies and State Electricity Boards in India.
The company also undertakes consultancy and turnkey project contracts that involve engineering, project management, construction management and operation and management of power plants.
The project is facing inordinate delays mainly due to flash floods in 2012 and 2013.
“It (the project) has gone through 2012 floods and 2013 disaster. In hydro projects, geological surprises are quite common. You cannot foresee such things. This has been one of the important reasons which has contributed to the delay,” he said.
NTPC’s Tapovan Vishnugad project involves setting up a hydel power plant across the river Dhauliganga in Chamoli district of Uttarakhand.
The project was originally scheduled to be commissioned in the year 2011, he said, adding that the “all the packages are in progress everywhere. One of the packages is the power house. The power house, which is underground in this case, is almost complete. Work is going on for rest of the packages.”
The project had recently come for review through Pragati platform. Prime Minister Narendra Modi reviews vital infrastructure projects through Pragati.
“This project is under Prime Minister’s Pragati platform,” he said.
He further added that this is one of the few projects of NTPC where there is no land acquisition problem, rehabilitation & resettlement and environmental issues.