17 May '18, 2pm
Pakistan's envy, India's pride: PM Modi to dedicate 330 MW Kishanganga power project to nation
A long-cherished dream is becoming a reality on Saturday when Prime Minister Narendra Modi will dedicate the 330 Mega Watt (MW) Kishanganga Hydro Power project to nation. An engineering marvel, the project, constructed near Line of Control (LoC) in Gurez, saw many ups and downs and international arbitration after Pakistan's objections. Constructed at a cost of Rs 2726 crore, the work on this power project started in 2007 in the geologically complex Himalayan region. Spread over 379 hectares across two valleys, it has an integrated project with rockfill dam, tunnel and powerhouse being built under one single contract. The highlight of the project is the 23.24-km-long head race tunnel. "It was built by two methods. "Around 8.14 km from Gurez side was built by Drill and Blast (DBM) method while the 15.1 km from Bandipora side was by Tunnel Boring Machine. The remote location ...