HPPCL inaugurates the first unit of the 195 MW Kashang HEP

Himachal Pradesh Power Corporation Limited (HPPCL) has inaugurated the first unit (65 MW) of the 195 MW Kashang HEP in Kinnaur district. The project work was initiated in 2009; however, it got delayed owing to opposition by local residents and environmental clearance issues. Rehabilitation and resettlement payment to the tune of Rs 9 million has been made to the project-affected people. In a related development, HPPCL has inaugurated the 100 MW Sainj HEP in Kullu. The Rs 8 billion run-of-river project has been funded by the Asian Development Bank and is expected to generate 322 MUs of electricity annually.