The Central government has recently approved an investment of Rs 2,614 crore for 382 MW Sunni Dam Hydro Electric Project in Shimla and Mandi districts.

 

About the ‘Sunni Dam Hydro Electric Project’

  • It is a Run of River project.
  • It was being executed on the Sutlej in Shimla and Mandi districts and it would have a 71-metre-high concrete gravity dam and six generating units in its surface power house.
  • The project will generate 1,382 million units annually.
  • On commissioning, 13 per cent of the electricity generated will be provided free of cost to government of Himachal Pradesh, including 1 per cent for Local Area Development Fund. For the project life cycle of 40 years, this free power translates into benefits of Rs 2,803 crore.
  • The objective behind generating hydroelectric power resources is to produce as much energy as possible, with minimum cost and fewer negative impacts on the environment.
  • The Projects are being envisioned to fulfil a steady increase in peak electricity demand and the growing energy deficit in the Northern Region.