Water Management – Institutional Reforms, Conservation Efforts, etc.

Dams in news: Vishnugadh Project


From UPSC perspective, the following things are important :

Prelims level: Vishnugadh Project

Mains level: Not Much

An independent panel of the World Bank is considering a plea by residents of some village to investigate environmental damage from the under-construction Vishnugad Pipalkoti Hydro Electric Project (VPHEP).

Vishnugadh Project

  • The 444-MW VPHEP is being built by the Tehri Hydropower Development Corporation (THDC), a partially State-owned enterprise.
  • It is being constructed on Dhauliganga River in Chamoli District of Uttarakhand.
  • The project is primarily funded by the World Bank and was sanctioned in 2011. It is proposed to be completed in June 2023.
  • About 40% of the funds for the $792 million project (₹64,000 crore approx.) has already been disbursed.

Why in news now?

  • Residents in their complaint have said muck dumping from the dam threatens the local Lakshmi Narayan Temple, which is deemed to be of historical and cultural importance.
  • They also complained about the limited availability of water, saying that 70 of the 92 households received water only for two hours daily.
  • Before the project construction, they had ready access to water.


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