News | Chenab River Successfully Diverted at Ratle Hydro Project, Accelerating Dam Construction
In a significant development, the Ratle Hydro Electric Project in Jammu & Kashmir has achieved a major milestone with the successful diversion of the Chenab River through diversion tunnels at Drabshalla in the Kishtwar district. The crucial river diversion, which took place at 11:30 A.M. on 27th January 2024, marks a pivotal step for the 850 MW project. This achievement enables the isolation of the dam area at the riverbed, facilitating the initiation of critical activities such as excavation and dam construction. The successful river diversion is expected to expedite construction activities, minimizing delays, and supporting the project's efforts to meet the scheduled commissioning date of May 2026.
The River Diversion ceremony was inaugurated by CMD, NHPC R.K. Vishnoi and witnessed by Principal Secretary (PDD), Government of J&K, H. Rajesh Prasad; Chairman, RHPCL, I. D. Dayal; MD, JKSPDC, Pankaj Mangotra; Directors of NHPC; CEO, RHPCL, A.K. Nauriyal, and other officials from NHPC and the Government of J&K.
The Ratle Project is undertaken by Ratle Hydroelectric Power Corporation Limited (RHPCL), a Joint Venture of NHPC Limited and the Government of J&K, with a shareholding of 51:49 percent, respectively. Located on the Chenab River in the Kishtwar District of J&K, the project boasts an installed capacity of 850 MW. The Government of India accorded approval for the project in January 2021, with a total cost of Rs. 5281.94 crores.