CEA accords clearance to Kiru HE Project

SRINAGAR: Giving a boost to the aspirations of Jammu & Kashmir, Central Electricity Authority (CEA) has accorded clearance to 624 MW Kiru Hydroelectric Project, a statement issued by Chenab Valley Power Projects (CVPP) here on Thursday said.
The decision in this regard, as per the statement, was taken during appraisal of project DPR in the 335th meeting of CEA held on January 22, 2016. Minutes of the meeting conveying recommendation for clearance were issued recently by CEA. CVPP, as per the statement, claims to have crossed another milestone with approval of Techno Economic Appraisal (TEA) of Kiru HE Project.
CVPP is a joint venture amongst NHPC Ltd, JKSPDC and PTC India Ltd.
With this clearance, the hope of adding 624 MW of power has been strengthened which can be realised in near future by CVPP. Kiru HE Project shall be constructed on river Chenab in Tehsil Nagseni, District Kishtwar. The project is considered as a major milestone towards optimum utilisation of the vast hydro power potential of Chenab river, most of which is still untapped.
The project has been approved by CEA with an installed capacity of 624 MW having four units of 156 MW each. The major project components shall include a concrete gravity dam with height of 135 m from deepest foundation level across river Chenab, water conductor system, underground power house on left bank and four tail race tunnels. Total estimated cost of project is 4640.88 crore and project completion period is 54 months.
While granting clearance, it was recommended by CEA that CVPP shall comply with the guidelines of Ministry of Water Resources for project design and shall ensure adequate E-flow for different seasons as prescribed by Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, particularly during lean flow season.