Union Cabinet of India chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi formally approved the proposal for investing 1810 crore Rupees to the 210 MegaWatt of Luhri Stage I Hydro Power Project on 4 November 2020.

Points To Note

  • The project would be constructed on Sutlej River.
  • Hydro Power project would be generating 758.2 million units of electricity every year.
  • It will be implemented by the Satluj Jal Vidyut Nigam Limited in Build-Own-Operate-Maintain mode. 
  • A MoU was signed between Himachal Pradesh Govt and Sutlej Jal Vidyut Nigam Limited in order to implement the project during the event “Rising Himachal”.
  • Hydro Power project is also being supported by Central Government that will provide a grant of 66.19 crores Rupees for the project development.

Rising Himachal event

In November 2019, Rising Himachal event was a Global Investors’ Meet was organized. The Global Investors Meeting showcased the investment opportunities and policy & regulatory environment in eight focus sectors. The purpose was to boost manufacturing and employment generation in Himalayan State. The eight focus sectors include-

  1. Agri-business and post-harvest technology.
  2. Manufacturing and pharmaceuticals.
  3. Healthcare and AYUSH.
  4. Civil aviation, hydro and renewable energy.
  5. Education and skill development.
  6. IT-ITeS and electronics.
  7. Housing and urban development.
  8. Wellness, tourism and hospitality.

The Sutlej River

  • River Sutlej is the longest of the 5 rivers flowing through the crossroads region of Punjab in northern India and Pakistan.
  • Sutlej is also known as Satadree. Satlej is the is easternmost tributary of the Indus River.
  • On Sutlej river, the bharka dam is built in order to provide irrigation and other facilities to the adjoining areas.
  • The waters of the Sutlej is used by India as per the Indus Waters Treaty between India & Pakistan.
  • Most of its water is diverted to India so as to irrigation canals in India.
  • The drainage basin of the river mainly lies in the state of Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, J&K and Haryana.

Union Cabinet approved Luhri Hydro Power Project