The 1,500 MW Nathpa Jhakri power project remained shut for the fourth consecutive day on Wednesday following a high silt level in the Sutlej River.
The plants in Kinnaur district, which were shut down on Sunday as the silt level in the river shot up following incessant rains, provides power in Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh, Jammu and Kashmir, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh and Delhi and with its present condition, it’s triggering power crises in all these state.
Official at Sutlej Jal Vidyut Nigam Ltd. (SJVNL), the company that owns and operates the 1,500 MW Nathpa Jhakri power project, clarified that power generation cannot be resumed till the silt content comes down. Silt damages the power generators when water runs them.
Another big hydro electric power plant, 1,000 MW Karcham Wangtoo Hydroelectric Project has also been shut after the high silt level in the River.