Nathpa Jhakri power plant shut down

June 12th, 2008 - 7:43 pm ICT by IANS  

Shimla, June 12 (IANS) The 1,500 MW Nathpa Jhakri power plant in Himachal Pradesh that also supplies power to Punjab has been closed after the level of silt rose suddenly in the Sutlej river following heavy rains. The silt content in the river increased more than 5,500 ppm (part per million) forcing the authorities to suspend power generation in the plant in Kinnaur district, said Vijay Verma of the Sutlej Jal Vidyut Nigam.

“We have no option but to close down the project as heavy silt content causes extensive damage to the turbines,” Verma told IANS.

Punjab gets 150 MW power from the Nathpa project. With the closure of the project, the Punjab State Electricity Board has started imposing two to three cuts a day.

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