Chenab River water redirected for a hydroelectric project in Jammu and Kashmir.
A significant achievement was reached at the 850 MW Ratle Hydro Electric Project in Jammu & Kashmir with the diversion of the Chenab river through diversion tunnels at Drabshalla in Kishtwar district.
The Indian government has announced the diversion of Chenab river water via tunnels at Drabshalla in Kishtwar district, aiming to expedite the 850-MW Ratle Hydro Electric Project in Jammu & Kashmir. The power ministry confirmed that this significant milestone was achieved at 11:30 AM on January 27, 2024.
This diversion will enable the isolation of the dam area, facilitating excavation and construction works. It is anticipated to accelerate construction activities and minimize delays, thereby aiding in meeting the commissioning deadline of May 2026.
The Ratle Project is a collaboration between NHPC Limited and the J&K government, executed by Ratle Hydroelectric Power Corporation Limited (RHPCL), with a shareholding split of 51:49.
Located on the Chenab River in Kishtwar district, the project was sanctioned by the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs in January 2021, with an estimated cost of Rs 5,281.94 crore.