Modi lays foundation stone of Kholongchu hydro-power project

Prime minister Narendra Modi today laid the foundation stone of the 600MW Kholongchu Hydro- electric project, a joint venture between India and Bhutan.

The project's foundation stone was laid by Modi electronically from the courtyard of Bhutan's Parliament building after addressing a joint session.

Three Hydro-electric projects (HEPs) totalling 1416 MW (Chukha, Tala and Kurichu) are already operational.

Three more HEPs [Punatsangchu I (1200 MW), Punatsangchu II (1020 MW) and Mangdechu (720 MW)] are under construction. They are scheduled to be commissioned in 2017-18.

In April, 2014, the two countries had signed a framework agreement on four more JV-model HEPs totalling 2120MW. Of these, pre-construction activities for the 600MW Kholongchu HEP as a JV-model HEP between Satluj Jal Vidyut Nigam (SJVN) and Druk Green Power Corporation (DGPC) will commence soon.

"Our hydropower cooperation with Bhutan is a classic example of win-win cooperation," an Indian official said, adding that "the hydropower projects generate export revenues for Bhutan, cement our economic partnership and provide clean and low-cost electricity to India."

Modi arrived here yesterday on his first foreign trip after assuming office last month.

EDITORIAL OF THE DAY

  • Legalising betting on cricket will raise tax collections for cash-strapped government

    Last month, Justice RM Lodha committee on cricket reforms made several groundbreaking recommendations to the Supreme Court.

FC NEWSLETTER

Stay informed on our latest news!

TODAY'S COLUMNS

Arun Nigavekar

Tablets, memory cards for educatioNext

The Commonwealth he­ads of government mee­ting held in Malta last ...

Rajgopal Nidamboor

Try to awaken the archaeologist within

Our mind is far ahead of René Descartes’ famous maxim, ...

Dharmendra Khandal

Urbanisation is costing us our wildlife

The road transport and highways minister Nitin Gadkari aims to ...

INTERVIEWS

William D. Green

Chairman & CEO, Accenture