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Luhri hydropower project

5th November, 2020 Energy

Context: The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) approved funding to the tune of ₹1,810.56 crore for the 210 megawatt (MW) Luhri hydropower project on the Satluj river in Himachal Pradesh.

  • The project located in Shimla and Kullu districts, will take 62 months to be completed and will generate 758.20 million units of electricity a year.
  • The project will be implemented by the Satluj Jal Vidyut Nigam Limited on the “build-own-operate-maintain” model and would be supported by the Central and State governments.
  • The clean energy produced by the project will lead to a reduction of 6.1 lakh tonnes of carbon dioxide annually.
  • The construction will lead to jobs for around 2,000 people and free electricity worth ₹1,140 crore for Himachal during the 40-year life cycle of the project.
  • “The project-affected families will be provided with 100 units of free electricity per month for 10 years,” the statement added.