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Dagmara Hydro-Electric Project: Bihar

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  • June 16, 2021
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Dagmara Hydro-Electric Project: Bihar

Part of: GS Prelims and GS I – Geography and GS -III – Infrastructure 

In news

  • Recently, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) has been signed between National Hydro Power Corporation (NHPC) Limited and Bihar State Hydroelectric Power Corporation Limited (BSHPC) for Implementation of Dagmara Hydro-Electric Project, Supaul, Bihar
    • The project is located on Kosi river.

About the Project

  • It is a Run-of-the-River scheme.
    • Run-of-river hydro projects use the natural downward flow of rivers and micro turbine generators to capture the kinetic energy carried by water.
  • The project will have the total capacity of generating 130 MW energy,

Significance

  • It will be a landmark project in the power sector scenario of Bihar as far as green power is concerned.
  • It will enhance the socio-economic and infrastructure development and  create employment opportunities.

About Kosi River

  • The Kosi is a trans-boundary river which flows through Tibet, Nepal and India.
  • It has its source in Tibet
  • Major tributaries: Sun Kosi, Arun and Tamur
  • Its unstable nature causes course changes. 
  • The Kosi carries the maximum amount of silt and sand after the Brahmaputra in India.
  • It is also known as the “Sorrow of Bihar” due to the extreme flooding that it causes. 

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