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After heavy rain, silt in overflowing Sutlej hits power generation

Several areas of the state were lashed by heavy showers over the last 24 hours, affecting two hydropower plants - the 1,500 MW Nathpa Jhakri hydel station, the country's largest, and the 412 MW Rampur plant - both of which stopped generating power due to silt deposits collecting in the Sutlej river.

punjab Updated: Jul 09, 2015 19:32 IST

Several areas of the state were lashed by heavy showers over the last 24 hours, affecting two hydropower plants - the 1,500 MW Nathpa Jhakri hydel station, the country's largest, and the 412 MW Rampur plant - both of which stopped generating power due to silt deposits collecting in the Sutlej river.

The meteorological centre has issued a warning of heavy to very heavy rainfall over the next few days.

"The silt level in the Sutlej has reached 14,500 ppm (particles per million) due to a huge landslide near Urni village in Kinnaur, crossing the permissible limit of 5,000 ppm for running the plant," said Sanjeev Sood, general manager at Satluj Jal Vidyut Nigam that operates the Nathpa Jhakri station. The company is expected to lose revenues pegged at Rs 13 crore each day owing to the shutdown.

Official sources said the stoppage of generation in these two hydroelectric stations will lead to a power shortage in the northern states. The plants supply electricity mainly to Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh, Himachal Pradesh, Delhi, Jammu & Kashmir, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand.

Meanwhile, a government spokesman said all deputy commissioners had been asked to issue advisories and alerts from time to time to residents as well as tourists in their districts, asking them not to venture near rivers. The state government has also instructed officials to file daily reports on estimated losses due to rain and landslides.

Over the last 24 hours, Tissa and Bhoranj each received 49mm of rainfall, Aghar 41mm, Kasauli 34mm, Mashobra 33mm, Sarahan 25mm, Nurpur and Gaggal 24mm each, Dharampur 23mm, Kheri 22mm, Bharmaur, Banjar and Janjehli 15 mm each, Gohar 13mm, Mandi and Kumarsain 11mm each, Dharamsala 8 mm and Saluni 7 mm.