Cumulative impact study sought for India’s Alaknanda River

The World Bank invites expressions of interest from consultants to perform a cumulative impact study of large-scale hydropower development on India’s Alaknanda River. Responses are due July 18.

The bank said the study is intended to better understand the likely cumulative effects and opportunities for intensive hydropower development on the Alaknanda in Uttarakhand State. The study is to support efforts of the state government to integrate hydropower development into an overall long-term sustainable vision for development of the state.

The Alaknanda River is the location of numerous hydropower projects either operating or in various stages of development. They include 444-MW Vishnugad Pipalkoti (HNN 2/28/08), 140-MW Alaknanda (HNN 2/1/08), 520-MW Tapovan Vishnugad (HNN 10/4/07), 171-MW Lata Tapovan (HNN 8/21/07), 330-MW Shrinagar (HNN 8/9/07), 4-MW Khirao Ganga, 24.3-MW Bhyunder Ganga (HNN 1/18/07), 600-MW Loharinag Pala (HNN 11/8/06), 140-MW Badrinath, 400-MW Vishnuprayag, and 132-MW Bowala Nandprayag.

The study is to identify key measures for sustainable management of the basin, describe cumulative impacts of hydro development under different scenarios, develop analytical tools to support sustainable planning, explore specific measures to minimize negative and enhance positive aspects of hydro development, and undertake stakeholder consultations.

Expressions of interest, a maximum of 20 pages in English, are to be submitted by July 18, electronically via the World Bank eConsultant Internet site, www.worldbank.org/wbgeconsultant. A shortlist of firms is to be invited to submit proposals.

For information, contact Michael Haney, Senior Energy Specialist, World Bank, 1818 H St., N.W., Washington, DC 20433 U.S.A.; (1) 202-473-3680; E-mail: mhaney@worldbank.org.

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