Governor Bandaru Dattatraya while on his way to Kinnaur halted at Rampur and visited the Nathpa Jhakri Hydroelectric Project. On this occasion, the Governor said that Himachal Pradesh was one of the leading states in the field of power generation, where surplus energy was being generated. He said that hydropower generation played an important role in increasing the economic resources of the State, but needed to do more work in hydropower generation keeping in view environmental protection.
He said that Nathpa Jhakri Hydroelectric Station of 1500 MW capacity was the country’s largest hydropower plant which was providing electricity to around nine states of the Country. He said that the project boasts of the largest and longest headrace tunnel, largest desilting chambers, deepest and largest surge shaft and the largest underground power complex. The project added 1,500MW capacity to the Indian Northern Grid since the first unit was commissioned in October 2003. He expressed happiness that the Union Power Ministry was reportedly treating this as a benchmark for future hydroelectric projects. R.C.Negi, Head of Project welcomed the Governor and briefed about the project and system of functioning. Praveen Singh Negi, General Manager, HR and other officers of the project were also present on the occasion.
Earlier, the Governor also went to Bhima Kali Temple at Sarahan and paid obeisance. He visited the temple complex and inquired about the history of the temple. Bhima Kali temple is one of 51 Shakti Peethas and is a reflection of the rich cultural heritage of the State, said Dattatraya. He said the premises were immaculately clean and offered an extraordinary view of nature. He said that Himachal was a land of God and Goddess and was known as Dev Bhoomi and the significance of Dev Bhoomi is reflected in these ancient temples.