Koldam Hydro Power Plant
The Koldam Dam Hydropower Project, is a ridge dam project on the Satluj River upstream of the Dehar Power House. It is around eighteen kilometers away from Bilaspur town of the near to Barmana town in the state of Himachal Pradesh, India. The main determination of the dam is hydroelectric power generation and it will assist an 800 Megawatt power station. The dam was built by the NTPC Limited.
The foundation stone for the koldam hydro power plant was put on 5 June 2000 by the then Prime Minister of India, Atal Bihari Vajpayee. It was in 14 January 2004, the main construction on the dam is initiated. Due to problems connected with environment and forest loss, the scheme has been delayed. Efforts to hold the reservoir initially was unsuccessful in December 2013 owing to problems with fastening the deviation channels.
By 18 March 2014, a fourth effort to seal the channels and fill the lake was continuing. Maintenances were completed and further failed holding was reached in April 2014 as the deviation tunnel sustained to leak. Further period of holding started on 3 November 2014 and finished on 3 January 2015, for a period of 2 months. A channel still leaked however but authorities were confident they would have the power plant functioning by April.
Koldam Hydro Power Plant is a project undertaken by the National Thermal Power Corporation Limited. It has an approved capacity of 800 Megawatt and also has an installed capacity of 800 Megawatt. The Beneficiary states of Koldam Hydro Power Plant are Delhi, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, J & K , Punjab, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh. Also Chandigarh, which is a union territory is getting benefit from this power plant.
The first unit was commissioned in 30th March 2015 with an installed capacity of 200 Megawatt. The very next day on 31th March 2015, the second unit was commissioned with an installed capacity of 200 Megawatt. Similarly the third unit was commissioned in 10th April 2015 with an installed capacity of 200 Megawatt. Finally the fourth unit was commissioned in 12th June 2015 with an installed capacity of 200 Megawatt.
How to Reach: Chandigarh Airport is the nearest airport, which is about 141 kilometres away from Bilaspur of Himachal Pradesh. Transport Buses are available throughout the day for travel by road to nearest cities. Bilaspur is also famous for tourist places. A famous tourist spot in Himachal Pradesh, Manali, which is just 195 kilometer away from Bilaspur. Long route bus are servicing from Bilaspur towards the nearby cities. Private Buses are available in the local routes of Bilaspur. Thereby it is easy for the travellers to visit Koldam Hydro Power Plant in Bilaspur. The zonal headquarters of the district, Mandi is also 70 kilometer away from Bilaspur.
Unit 1 – 200 Megawatt – 30 Mar 2015
Unit 2 – 200 Megawatt – 31 Mar 2015
Unit 3 – 200 Megawatt – 10 Apr 2015
Unit 4 – 200 Megawatt – 12 Jun 2015