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Tribune: 12 Pindar villages to be saved from submergence

Rakesh Lohumi
Tribune News Service
Shimla, February 10

A dozen villages along the banks of the Pinder, a tributary of the Alaknanda in Uttarakhand, will be saved from submergence, with the Sutlej Jal Vidyut Nigam (SJVN) redesigning the 300 MW Devsari hydroelectric project as a three-stage run-of-the-river scheme of almost double capacity.

It was originally designed as a storage project with a 90 m high dam at Nand Kesari.

The creation of the huge reservoir would have led to the displacement of over 12,000 people due to submergence of low-lying villages, including the block headquarters.

SJVN engineers decided to redesign the project to save the people from being uprooted. [more]