The Nathpa Jhakri Hydroelectric Station of 1500 MW capacity is the country’s largest hydropower plant.
The run of the river project is located on River Sutlej, a major tributary on the Indus basin, in Shimla district of Himachal Pradesh in North India.
The Nathpa Jhakri plant is designed to generate 6950.88 (6612) million units of electricity each year but quality management at the plant has enabled generation to exceed yearly targets.
A Memorandum of Understanding for execution of the Nathpa-Jhakri project was signed between Government of India and Government of Himachal Pradesh in July, 1991.
The Nathpa Jhakri Hydroelectric project has been financed on a 50:50 debt equity ratio basis.
The project had the backing of World Bank.
The project was completed at a cost of Rs 8187 Crore.
The Nathpa Jhakri project was commissioned in May, 2004 and officially dedicated to the nation by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on May 28, 2005.
Power allocation from Natpha Jhakri hydroelectric plant to the North Indian states of Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Jammu & Kashmir, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand and the cities of Delhi and Chandigarh has enabled the grid to overcome power shortages in the region.