NHPC has signed an implementation agreement with the Government of Himachal Pradesh for the 500MW Dugar hydroelectric project.
The agreement was signed in late August in the presence of Shri Jai Ram Thakur, Hon’ble Chief Minister, Himachal Pradesh and Shri A.K. Singh, Chairman & Managing Director, NHPC Limited. The document was signed by Shri Suresh Kumar, General Manager (E), NHPC and Shri Harikesh Meena, IAS, Director (Energy), Directorate of Energy (DoE), Govt. of Himachal Pradesh. Shri Y.K. Chaubey, Director (Technical), Shri V.R. Shrivastava, Executive Director, (SBD&C), Shri S.K. Sandhu, Executive Director (Regional Office Chandigarh) from NHPC and Shri Khem Singh Thakur, Chief Engineer and Shri Anshul Sharma, SE from DoE, Govt. of Himachal Pradesh were also present on the occasion.
NHPC had originally signed an MOU for the project back in 2019, when the project was initially to have a capacity of 449MW. Following detailed survey and investigations and techno-economic studies, plans for an enhanced capacity of 500MW were submitted to Central Electricity Authority (CEA), who gave approval for the upgraded project in April 2022.
Forest and environment clearances for the project are currently in process.