Cabinet clears 444 mw hydel power plant for Uttarakhand

July 24th, 2008 - 7:30 pm ICT by IANS  

A file-photo of Manmohan Singh

New Delhi, July 24 (IANS) The government Thursday approved the Rs.249.15 billion Vishnugad Pipalkoti hydroelectric project (HEP) on the Alaknanda river in Uttarakhand. The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA), chaired by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, met for the first one time after Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government won the trust vote in the Lok Sabha Tuesday.

The Tehri Hydro Development Corp (THDC), a joint venture between the centre and Uttar Pradesh, will execute the project, which falls in Chamoli district of Uttarakhand.

The project, likely to be commissioned by 2013, will generate 444-mega watt electricity and cater to the northern states, mainly Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Bihar.

An official press communiqu

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