Vishnugad Pipalkoti Hydro Electric Project is designed as a 444 MW run-of-river
hydropower generation scheme on the Alaknanda River in Uttarakhand, India. The major
features of the VPHEP project infrastructure are: a 65-meter-high diversion dam; a 13.4-km
headrace tunnel; an underground power house; and a 3-km tailrace tunnel that will return the
diverted water to the Alaknanda River. The major project infrastructure will be located on the
right bank of the Alaknanda River (opposite National Highway 58) in Chamoli District of
Uttarakhand. VPHEP is expected to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by approximately 1.6 million tons per year over the plant operation period.
Component 1: Construction of the 444 MW Vishnugad Pipalkoti Hydro Electric Project in
Chamoli District, Uttarakhand, India
Component 2: Support to capacity-building and institutional strengthening at THDC India
Limited, the developer of the Vishnugad Pipalkoti Hydro Electric Project
THDC India Limited (THDC) . Created in 1988 to develop, operate and maintain the
Tehri Hydro Power Complex10 on the Bhagirathi River in Uttarakhand, THDC is now a company in transition towards becoming a major hydropower developer in India. Since commissioning the Tehri Dam and Hydropower Project in 2006, the company has embarked on an ambitious expansion program that will double its present operating capacity of 1400 MW by 2016-17, with another 4,700 MW to follow in later years. The proposed project would be the Bank‘s first operation with THDC.
In addition to the internal impetus to strengthen its institutional capacity emanating from
its expansion plans, THDC‘s transition is being shaped by the increasingly demanding business and regulatory environment in which the company operates. . The company recognizes the need to strengthen its capacity in some technical areas and to meet evolving requirements in such areas as benefits-sharing, local area development, resettlement and...