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Modi inaugurates three mega hydroelectric projects in Himachal

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Mandi (Himachal Pradesh), Oct 18 : Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday inaugurated three hydroelectric projects in Himachal Pradesh with a cumulative generation capacity of 1,752 megawatt.

These include National Thermal Power Corporation’s 800-MW Koldam project in Bilaspur district, NHPC’s 540-MW Parbati Stage-III project in Kullu district and Satluj Jal Vidyut Nigam Ltd’s 412-MW Rampur project in Shimla district.

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It is Modi’s maiden visit to the hill state since he became the Prime Minister in May 2014.

In the Parbati-III power station, a net head of 326 metres is utilised to run four vertical Francis turbines with an installed capacity of 520 MW (4×130 MW). The plant is designed to generate 1,963.29 million units annually.

The power generated at this station is transmitted to Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Punjab, Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Delhi, Rajasthan and Chandigarh.

With commencement of generation from four units of 200-MW eacvh, the Koldam project has achieved the total capacity of 800 MW and provides peaking capacity to the Northern Grid.

It will generate 3,054 gigawatt hour electricity annually at 90 per cent dependable year basis.

The Rampur project (412 MW) will be operated in tandem with the Nathpa Jhakri Hydro Power Station. It will provide 13 per cent free power to Himachal Pradesh.

The foundation stone of Koldam project was laid on June 5, 2000, by the then Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee.

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Lockdown extended in Himachal’s Hamirpur and Solan till June 30

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Shimla, 25 May : Hamirpur and Solan districts in Himachal Pradesh will continue with the coronavirus lockdown for a month after the current nationwide phase ends on May 31. The district magistrates of Hamirpur and Solan issued orders Monday extending the curfew in their areas up to June 30.

The two orders did not specifically mention the lockdown itself, but its extension is implied. The state-wide curfew in Himachal Pradesh is meant to enforce the lockdown against coronavirus.

As in the rest of the state, the two districts allow several hours of relaxation in the curfew and the lockdown every day. Essential services remain open during the curfew hours as well. This will continue, officials said.

Hamirpur has reported the highest 63 virus cases while 21 people have tested positive for the infection in Solan till now.

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Himachal/ 2 school kids among 3 dead in Shimla accident

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Shimla, 1 July 2019 : Two school children and the driver of a bus were killed and five others injured when a state-run bus of a private school rolled down into a gorge in the Himachal Pradesh capital on Monday, police said.

The injured were admitted to the Indira Gandhi Medical College and Hospital here.

The students, belonging to Convent of Jesus and Mary Chelsea, were travelling in Himachal Road Transport Corporation (HRTC) bus. The accident occurred in Lower Khalini. The dead included bus driver Naresh.

Witnesses told the police that lack of crash barrier and narrow road with haphazard parking of vehicles were mainly responsible for the accident.

Local legislator and Education Minister Suresh Bhardwaj who reached the accident spot, faced protest from locals, who were blaming the government’s callousness towards the safety of the passengers and ensuring parking in the area. He left the spot hurriedly.

The mob smashed windscreens of nearly 20 vehicles parked on the road side. The police have arrested two people.

Less than a fortnight ago, 44 passengers lost their lives when a mechanically unfit overcrowded mini bus met with an accident in Kullu district on June 20. Thirty-five other passengers received grievous injuries in that accident.

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Himachal: 25 dead, 35 injured as bus falls into gorge in Kullu

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Himachal, 20 June 2019 : At least 27 passengers died and 25 suffered injuries after the private bus they were travelling in fell into a deep gorge near Banjar area of Kullu district in Himachal Pradesh.

The bus was going to Gadagushani area from Banjar when it met with an accident and fell into the drain.

Some reports say that many passengers were sitting atop the bus, which contributed to the high death toll in the accident.

Rescue operations are underway.

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