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Vishnugad Pipalkoti Hydro Electric Project (VPHEP)

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Vishnugad Pipalkoti Hydro Electric Project (VPHEP)

  • The Vishnugad Pipalkoti Hydro Electric Project has been designed as a 444-megawatt, run-of-river hydropower scheme.
  • An independent panel of the World Bank is considering a plea by residents of Haat village, Chamoli district, Uttarakhand to investigate environmental damage from the under-construction Vishnugad Pipalkoti Hydro Electric Project (VPHEP) in the district.
  • When completed, it will generate an estimated 1,665 gigawatt-hours, (or million kilowatt-hours) of electricity in a typical year.
  • This will represent a valuable addition of peaking power to India’s Northern Grid, which faces severe power shortages at high-consumption times.
  • The project will build a 65-meter diversion dam near Helang village in Chamoli district of Uttarakhand to create a small reservoir in the Alaknanda River.
  • No village, house or field will be submerged by this reservoir as the Alkananda flows through a deep, uninhabited gorge at this point.
  • This reservoir will store about 3.63 million cubic meters of water, the equivalent of about 4.9 hours of average flow of the river.
  • The project is primarily funded by the World Bank and was sanctioned in 2011.
  • It is proposed to be completed in June 2023.
  • It is being built by the Tehri Hydropower Development Corporation (THDC), a partially State-owned enterprise.
UPSC Prelims Model Question

Q. Consider the following statements :

  1. Vishnugad Pipalkoti project is a Hydro Electric Project.
  2. The project is fully funded by the International Monetary Fund.

Which of the statements given above is/are correct?

(a) 1 only

(b) 2 only

(c) Both 1 and 2

(d) Neither 1 nor 2

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