New Delhi, Nov 4: Prime Minister Narendra Modi who chaired the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs today has approved the investment of Rs.1810.56 crore for 210 MW Luhri Stage-I Hydro Electric Project located on river Satluj which is situated in Shimla and Kullu districts of Himachal Pradesh. The said project will generate 758.20 million units of electricity annually.
The project is being implemented by Satluj Jal Vidyut Nigam Limited (SJVNL) on Build-Own-Operate-Maintain (BOOM) basis with active support from the Government of India and the State Government. The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) of this project was signed with the Govt. of Himachal Pradesh during the Rising Himachal, Global Investor Meet, which was inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on November 7, 2019. The government of India is also supporting this project by providing grants of Rs. 66.19 crore for setting up infrastructure which will help reducing power tariff.
The Luhri Stage-I Hydro Electric Project shall be commissioned within a span of 62 months. The power generated from the Project will help in providing Grid stability and will improve the power supply position. Besides adding valuable renewable energy to the Grid, the project would also lead to a reduction of 6.1 lakh Tons of carbon dioxide from the environment annually, thus contributing to an improvement in air quality.
The construction activities of the project will result in direct & indirect employment to around 2000 persons and will contribute to the overall socio-economic development of the State. Further, Himachal Pradesh will benefit with free power worth around Rs. 1140 crore from Luhri Stage-I Hydro Electric Project, during Project Life Cycle of 40 years. The Project Affected Families will be provided with 100 units of free electricity per month for ten years.
SJVN has forayed into the fields of Renewable Energy, Power Transmission, and Thermal power generation. It has envisaged Internal Growth Targets of total installed capacity from all sources of 5000 MW by 2023, 12000 MW by 2030, and 25000 MW by the year 2040.