Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi appreciated the contribution of Public sector and said these hydro projects will bring prosperity to the State of Himachal and other parts of the country while dedicating the flagship 800 MW Hydro Power Station of NTPC- Koldam, 520 MW Parvati Project of NHPC and 412 MW Rampur Hydro Station of SJVNL to the Nation in Himachal Pradesh today. Acharya Devvrat, Governor of Himachal Pradesh, Shri Vir Bhadra Singh, Chief Minister, Himachal Pradesh, Shri Jagat Prakash Nadda, Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare; Shri Piyush Goyal, Union Minister of State ( I/C )for Power, Coal , New & Renewable Energy and Mines and eminent dignitaries from Himachal Pradesh were present on the occasion.
Shri Gurdeep Singh, CMD , NTPC shared the salient features and highlights of the Koldam Project through the model displayed at the venue to the Prime Minister. Shri S.C Pandey, Director ( Projects), Shri K.K.Sharma Director (Operations) NTPC and Shri K.K.Singh, RED( Hydro Region)were present. With commencement of generation from four 200 MW units, NTPC- Koldam has achieved capacity of 800 MW and provides peaking capacity to the Northern grid. It shall annually generate 3054 GWh electricity at 90% dependable year basis.
Twelve percent of the electricity generated from Koldam is being supplied to the home state Himachal Pradesh free of cost while 1 percent to the state on account of Local Area Development fund. All the Project Affected Families are being provided 100 units of electricity every month free of cost which accounts for 0.62 percent of the total generation. Thus a total 13.62 percent of electricity generated from the plant is supplied free of cost to Himachal Pradesh, remaining power supplied to other beneficiaries namely Delhi, Haryana, Punjab, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir, Uttrakhand and Chandigarh.