Foundation stone laid for 60-MW Naitwar Mori hydro project in India

Government officials have laid the foundation stone for the 60-MW Naitwar Mori hydro project on the Tons River in Mori, Uttarkashi district of Uttarakhand, India.

The stone was laid by Honorable Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) Power Shri R.K. Singh and Honorable Chief Minister of Uttarakhand Sh. Trivender Singh Rawat.

The Tons River is a major tributary of the Yamuna River in the Ganga basin. The run-of-river Naitwar Mori hydroelectric plant is being developed by SJVN Limited, and features will include:

  • Dam structure 30.5 m high
  • Headrace tunnel 4.3 km long with a diameter of 5.6 m
  • Surge shaft 51.65 m deep
  • Underground powerhouse with two 30-MW vertical Francis turbines

This project is expected to be commissioned in a “record period of 48 months,” according to an SJVN press release. After the project is commissioned, 12% free electricity will be supplied to Uttarakhand as a royalty. In addition, each project-affected family will be provided with an amount equivalent to the cost of 100 units of electricity per month for ten years.

Naitwar Mori “has the potential to generate 265.5 million units of electricity every year,” SJVN says. The estimated cost of the project, at the October 2016 price level, is INR6,483,300,000 (US$99.8 million). The main civil works contract was awarded in May 2017, and all three packages for project roads have been awarded.

The Ministry of Power in Uttarakhand has a goal to fully electrify the state, under the Saubhagya Scheme launched under the leadership of the Honorable Prime Minister Sh. Narendra Modi.

Other hydro plants SJVN owns and operates include 1,500-MW Nathpa Jhakri and 412-MW Rampur, both in the Satluj basin.

SJVN is a mini ratna, Category-I and Schedule-A CPSE under the administrative control of the Ministry of Power of the government of India. SJVN was incorporated in May 1988 as a joint venture of the government of India and the government if Himachal Pradesh.

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