Union Power Minister reviews construction progress of SLHEP

Union Power Minister RK Singh reviewing progress of SLHEP in New Delhi on Wednesday.
Union Power Minister RK Singh reviewing progress of SLHEP in New Delhi on Wednesday.

Excelsior Correspondent

NEW DELHI, May 31: Union Power and New & Renewable Energy Minister, RK Singh, chaired a meeting today to assess the status of the 2000 MW Subansiri Lower Hydroelectric Project (SLHEP) located in Arunachal Pradesh.
The project is being executed by NHPC Ltd. The meeting primarily focused on reviewing the construction progress, safety measures, and preparedness required for the upcoming monsoon season.
During the meeting, the Head of the Project provided an update on the progress achieved in various work packages and emphasized the adherence to safety standards to ensure preparedness for the approaching monsoon months.
Notably, the project has made significant advancements in dam concreting, with a remarkable feat of raising the dam height by 37 meters through the pouring of over 2.5 lakhs cubic meters of concrete in the last six months.
Furthermore, it was given out that the river-facing wall of the power house has been raised to a safe elevation of 116 meters, and the tail race channel has been completed for all units. The water conductor system is also nearly ready at this stage.
Following the review, the Union Minister expressed satisfaction with the progress made thus far and instructed NHPC to continue the project while maintaining all necessary safety precautions.
The Chairman and Managing Director (CMD) of NHPC assured the Minister that the company is striving to commission the first unit, with a capacity of 250 MW, by December or January of 2024.
The meeting was attended by the Secretary (Power) MoP, along with other senior officers from the Ministry, the Central Electricity Authority, and NHPC.