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Government of India
Ministry of Power
12-August-2014 16:25 IST
Prime Minister Dedicates Chutak Hydro Power Station at Kargil, Ladakh

Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi today dedicated Chutak Hydro Power Station (44 MW) of National Hydro Power Corporation (NHPC) to the nation at Kargil Ladakh in Jammu & Kashmir . He was accompanied by the Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Power, Coal and New & Renewable Energy, Shri Piyush Goyal, Shri N.N.Vohra, Governor J&K, Shri Omar Abdullah, Chief Minister of J&K, MPs Shri Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi & Shri Thupstan Chhewang and other dignitaries.

Addressing the function in Kargil, Prime Minister said with the commissioning of Chutak Hydro Power Project, we have come one step closer towards meeting the power requirements of Ladakh. On this occasion Prime Minister announced an additional fund of Rs. 8000 crore for development of road projects in the state. He said he wish to make Kargil one of the fastest growing districts in the country.

The Prime minister said it is time to change the old adage-Paani aur jawaani pahaad ke kaam nahin aate. He said through hydropower, the rivers (paani) are being harnessed for the benefit of the mountains. And electricity is not just for industry-but would also help the youth of the mountains hone their skills and find suitable employment, without having to migrate to urban areas.

Union Minister of State for Power (I/C), Shri Piyush Goyal welcomed the dignitaries. On this occasion, Chief Minister Shri Omar Abdullah also addressed the gathering and hoped this project will help developing the region and state as a whole.

The Chutak Hydro Project is a run-off-river scheme on the river Suru, to generate 216 Million Units in a 90% dependable year having installed capacity of 44 MW (4 x 11 MW). Barrage site is located about 14 km upstream of Kargil near village Sarzhe. It utilizes a rated head of 52 meter developed by construction of a 15 meter high barrage. It has 4.78 Km long 5.9 meter dia Head Race Tunnel. Power generated from Project is being supplied to Kargil District of Ladakh region of J&K. The 1st unit was commissioned on Nov’2012 and all the balance three units were commissioned in Feb.’2013. It has been completed at a cost of Rs.894 crore and total power generated from this power station will be supplied to Jammu & Kashmir state only.

NHPC is today a premier organization in the country in the field of development of hydroelectric projects. A total installed capacity of 6507 MW is under operation, which includes 2 projects with a total installed capacity of 1520 MW in Joint Venture. There are 4 projects (3290 MW) under construction. The technical capabilities of NHPC in executing hydroelectric projects are unmatched in the country.

Senior Central & State Govt. officials along with Shri Devender Chaudhary, Additional Secretary Power Government of India, Sh. J.K Sharma, Director (Projects), Shri R.S. Mina, Director (Personnel) NHPC were also present on the occasion.