Shanan Hydro-Electric Project – Barot Valley

Shanan Hydro-Electric Project was created in the backdrop of dense deodar forests with a four-stage haulage rail network starting from
Jogindernagar up to Barot, a cup-shaped village on the bank of river Uhl. Barot Dam was made by British leaders as part of a tiny hydroelectricity project called the Shanan Hydel Project. It becomes the first hydroelectric power plant in India. The vision of the hydel project system was to build five power plant utilizing the same water that is drawn from the Uhl River. Shanan Power House of Jogindernagar is the oldest Hydro-electric powerhouse of India and one of the oldest powerhouses of the world.

The Shanan Power Home was designed, developed and constructed by British Engineer Colonel B.C. Batty and his group in collaboration with the ruler of Joginder Nagar area, Raja Karan Sen.

A narrow-gauge train track was laid from Pathankot to Joginder Nagar to bring the heavy machinery transported from Britain. A Haulage-way system was laid from the site of Shanan Power House to Barot, where the reservoir was created on Uhl river.

Commissioned in 1936 throughout the British policy, the Shanan Hydro-electric powerhouse was built under a 99-year lease deed carried out between Joginder Sen, the raja of Mandi State, and British engineer colonel BC Batty in 1925. During the reorganization of states in November 1966, the Shanan Power House went to Punjab on a 99-year lease deed. Shanan Power House, Stage-I of 4X12 = 48 MW was uprated to 4X15 = 60 MW in 1982. The uprated machines were ultimately commissioned in December 1982.

Chamera Lake & Dam- Stunning Lake

The Chamera is an unnatural lake, which is surrounded by stunning green trees and beautiful valleys. Chamera Lake, a picturesque emphasize of Chamba Area, is 25 kilometres from the famous hill station of Dalhousie as well as it is visible from the Chamba Pathankot highway. This lake is located at an altitude of 763 meters above the sea level and can be accessed from Chamba district, which is only 25 to 35 km from the main market of Dalhousie. This man-made lake is created due to the hydroelectric dam developed over the river Ravi. The road connecting the Chamera Dam accompanies the Lake to Bhalei Holy place as well as the well-known thick forests of Bhandal valley.

Chamera Lake is the reservoir body of river Ravi on Chamera Dam. It invites you to delight in different water sporting activities. Paddle boating, rowing and also sailing are several of the much-loved traveller activities.

Chamera Dam

The Chamera Dam impounds the River Ravi and supports the hydroelectricity project in the region. It lies near Dalhousie, in the Chamba area in the state of Himachal Pradesh in India. The reservoir of the dam is the Chamera Lake. A large part of its reservoir lies in Salooni sub-division of Chamba. The Chamera-I produces 540 MW (3×180 MW) of electrical energy. The 2nd stage i.e. Chamera-II Dam creates 300 MW (3X100 MW) of electrical energy. The water level in the Chamera Lake rises to a maximum of 763 meters while the minimum water level is 747 meters.

Any person visiting the Chamba Valley or Dalhousie, must see this Stunning Lake

Pandoh Dam: Hydroelectric Dam on The Beas River

The magnificent Pandoh Dam was built in 1977 with the primary purpose of generating hydroelectric power. Managed by the Bhakra Beas Management Board (BBMB), this dam, measuring 76 m in height, diverts the water of the river through a 38 km long system of canals and tunnels. The water from here is used for electricity generation at the Dehar Power House and finally released into the Sutlej River.The power house has an installed capacity of 990 megawatts.

The major source of lake water is Pandoh dam which helps in diverting the river for power generation. Pandon Lake acts as a basin for Pandoh dam and comes under the administration of Bhakra Beas Management Board (BBMB). Pandoh Lake is a major attraction for nature lovers and adventure enthusiasts.

The dam is set amidst the picturesque hills, dotted with dense woods and the place offers a wonderful opportunity to capture some breath-taking scenes. Swimming and boating are not allowed here due to security reasons. The site is one of the best places for camping and picnic in the region. 

Koldam Dam – 800MW Hydroelectric Power Project on Sutlej River

The Koldam Dam Hydropower Project is an embankment dam on the Sutlej River near Barmana on the Chandigarh-Manali Highway (NH-21) and the border of Bilaspur district and Mandi district, Himachal Pradesh, India. The total capacity of the project is 800 MW, and, when operational, the HEPP is expected to generate approximately 3,054GWh of electricity per annum. The host state Himachal Pradesh is entitled to receive 15% of the generated power free of cost and a further 12% at bus-bar rate.

India’s state-run National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) is the owner and developer of this hydel project. Koldam HEPP was initially planned to be operational in 2009, but its commissioning has been postponed to 2014 due to environmental and geographical hurdles faced during its construction. The reservoir created by the dam can hold up to 560 million cubic metres of water.

The Koldam Dam was planned to start in 2000 and its first brick was fixed in the same year by Atal Bihari Vajpayee, but the proper construction started in 2004 Impounding of the reservoir started in December 2013 and the 4x200MW (800MW) hydropower plant was fully-commissioned in June 2015. Total investment in the project was Rs45.27bn (approximately $711m).

The Koldam Dam has natural aquatic beauty and it is a fantastic place to enjoy and have picnics. The tourists love visiting this place for its abundant natural beauty. Some even like to see huge machinery and equipments that have been used in generating elelctricity at this giant project.