Power generation at Nathpa Jhakri remains suspended

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Shimla, Jun 16 (UNI) Power generation in the country's largest hydel power project in the 1,500 MW Nathpa Jhakri, located in Shimla and Kinnuar districts of Himachal Pradesh, remained suspended for the sixth day today following high silt content in the Satluj River, company's project director MC Bansal said.

''The silt content in the river at Spiti was 6,000 PPM (parts per million, but had come down between 5,000 to 6,000 PPM at the project site,'' he told UNI here.

Mr Bansal said power generation would resume in the hydel project in another one or two day, provided the silt content came down to the permissible limit of 4,000 PPM.

The turbines in the Nathpa Jhakri plant are designed to withstand corrosion for silt levels up to 5,000 PPM and once the level crosses this mark, the machines are turned off to save any damage to the plant, he said.

''As of now, it is a wait and watch situation and only when the silt level falls will it be possible to re-start generation.'' The Nathpa Jhakri, a 25: 75 per cent joint venture between the state and the centre, has remained closed for varying periods since it began its operations since 2003 due to high silt levels in the river.

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