Less rain helps in increasing power generation at Nathpa-Jhakri

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Rampur, Aug 10 (ANI): India's biggest hydropower project, the 1500MW Nathpa-Jhakri power station generated a record 1.14 billion units of power in July, officials said on Sunday.

The power plant in Himachal Pradesh usually produces 6.6 billion units of power a year.

"This year the Nathpa-Jhakri station has done a record power generation. We have generated 114 crore (1.14 billion) unit power in the month of July in comparison to any other projects across country. In just last four months we have generated 340 crore (3.4 billion) units of power whereas annually our target production is of 660 crore (6.6 billion) units," said N C Bansal, general manager of NJPS.

Residents said the increase in power generation despite scanty rainfall could be due to the fact that there was less silt in the dam compared to the previous years.

"There were less rains this time and it has not benefited farmers. But still Nathpa-Jhakri project has produced record power generation. Generally the heavy rain brings silt and muck from the mountains, as there was less rain this time I think this has helped. Also, this in turn has benefited government and the industries," said Hemant Kumar, a resident.

NJPS provides power to Uttrakhand, Jammu and Kashimr, Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana, Delhi, Rajasthan and Himachal Pradesh. (ANI)

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