Thermal Power Corporation has got the mandate for setting up its first ever
hydro electric project in Himachal Pradesh. The 800 MW Kol Dam Hydro Electric
Project in Bilaspur district will be set up at an estimated investment of Rs.
5300 crore. Pradesh at an estimated cost of Rs. 5300 crore. It envisages
utilization of power potential of the Sutlej river for electricity generation.
Central Electricity Authority (CEA) has accorded techno-economic clearance
(TEC). The clearance of Ministry of Environment & Forests has also been
received. The project involves construction of 163 meters high rock fill dam
across the river Sutlej 6 Km. upstream from the existing Dehar Power Station and
installation of four units of 200 MW each.
The TEC was accorded to the project way back in August 1988 but could not be set
up for various reasons by the state and finally it was proposed to be
implemented by NTPC. The power generated from KOL project would be evacuated to
the power deficient Northern Region through 400 KV integrated transmission
system lines constructed for Nathpa Jhakri and Kol Dam projects. The project is
programmed to be completed in a period of six and a half years.