Kiru Hydro-Electric Power Project

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The Central Bureau of Investigation recently searched 12 locations in Delhi and Rajasthan in connection with a case alleging corruption in the award of ₹2,200 crore civil works related to the Kiru hydro-electric power project.

About Kiru Hydro-Electric Power Project:

  • Location:
    • It is being developed over the Chenab River near the villages of Patharnakki and Kiru in Kishtwar district, Jammu and Kashmir (J&K).
    • It is located between Kirthai II hydroelectric project to its upstream and Kwar hydroelectric project to its downstream.
  • It is a 624MW run-of-river project.
  • The project is being developed by Chenab Valley Power Projects (CVPP), a joint venture between National Hydroelectric Power Corporation (NHPC, 49%), Jammu & Kashmir State Power Development Corporation (JKSPDC, 49%) and Power Trading Corporation (PTC, 2%).
  • Beneficiary States: J&K, Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Uttaranchal, Rajasthan, Union territories of Chandigarh & Delhi. 
  • Power plant make-up:
    • The project involves the construction of a 135m-high concrete gravity dam near Kiru.
    • The project will have a catchment area of 10,225km², while the reservoir will be 6.5km-long and 1.03km² in area.
    • It will have one 700m-long horse-shoe shaped diversion tunnel with two openings to divert the flow of the river to enable the dam construction.


Q1) What is a run-of-river project?

Run-of-the-river hydroelectric systems are hydroelectric systems that harvest the energy from flowing water to generate electricity in the absence of a large dam and reservoir—which is how they differ from conventional impoundment hydroelectric facilities.

Source: CBI searches multiple locations in graft case related to Kiru hydro-electric power project