In a recent review meeting taken by the Central Electricity Authority, NHPC has assured that 240 MW Uri-II hydroelectric power project will be fully commissioned by October 2013. The spinning of all four units of the project was completed in March 2013. NHPC apprised CEA that while filling the water conductor system, leakage was observed in the power house. The corrective actions like grouting and channelizing of water have been completed.
NHPC further informed CEA that during the inspection of the water conductor system, it was also observed that in the open channel just after the Dam, some cracks have developed. This is currently being rectified and is expected to be completed in August 2013. Hence, commissioning of the first unit is likely to be achieved by August end and other three units at the interval of 15 days.
Uri hydroelectric project was originally scheduled to be commissioned in September 2009. However, poor geology and unstable law and order situation in the region delayed the project by four years. The project was delayed initially due to delay in start of major works on account of earthquake in October 2005. It was also adversely affected due to washing away of coffer dam in March 2007 and again in April 2011.
Further, works and supplies have suffered due to local agitation and intermittent curfew in the valley called by various organizations disrupted essential supplies to project. Delay in award of electro-mechanical package affected the completion schedule. Cash crunch with HCC also affected civil works from June 2012 to October 2012.
Uri-II HE Project is located in Uri Tehsil of Baramulla District. The project includes construction of four units of 60 MW each. It was approved on September 01, 2005 at a total cost of Rs. 1724.79 crore. Uri-II project is being developed in the downstream of Uri-I. The Project is estimated to generate 1123.76 MU of energy in a 90 per cent dependable year.