Shri Balraj Joshi is the new chairman and managing director of NHPC Limited in India.
Joshi took this position on Sept. 22. Before that, he was director (technical) with NHPC.
Joshi holds a degree in civil engineering from Govt. Engineering College, Karad, Maharashtra. He holds PG qualification in hydropower development and planning from the Norwegian Technical Institute in Trondheim.
Joshi joined NHPC in 1982 at a probationary executive (engg.) at the 690-MW Salal project in Jammu & Kashmir.
During his time with NHPC, Joshi worked on many hydro projects, including Dul Hasti, Kurichu (in Bhutan), Teesta-V, Teesta Low Dam-III and Teesta Low Dam-IV, Parbati-III, Chutak, Chamera-III and Parbati-II. He has also been associated with NHPC’s consultancy assignments for several projects, including 1,200-MW Tamanthi and 800-MW Shwezaye in Myanmar.
NHPC says Joshi “has been instrumental in development of generic document for developing Disaster Management Plan for Hydropower Stations, which is being adopted by CEA at National level.”
He has represented NHPC at the International Court of Arbitration for the 330-MW Kishanganga project and recently participated in government-level meetings in Washington, D.C., on the issues of the Indus Water Treaty.
NHPC is a Government of India Enterprise that was incorporated in 1975 with an objective to plan, promote and organize and integrated and efficient development of hydroelectric power. This was later expanded to include “development of power in all its aspects through conventional and non-conventional sources in India and abroad.”
NHPC says India has about 84,000 MW of economically exploitable and viable hydro potential.
Previously, Shri Ratish Kumar, director (projects) with NHPC, took on the “additional charge” of the post of chairman and managing director, from Aug. 1. He has been with the company since 1982 at a trainee engineer.
Before that, Shri K.M. Singh was chairman and managing director of the company and delivered a keynote address at POWER-GEN India & Central Asia in 2017. Bloomberg reports that he held this position from September 2015 until July 31, 2017.