Kosi Barrage at Bhantabari, Bhimnagar
By Ravinder Singh, Inventor & Consultant, India
Nepal should make a target of producing 40,000 MW of hydroelectricity by 2025. For six decades, India did not propose Nepal to develop its hydropower potential of 40,000 MW capacity worth $2000b with about 60 to 100 BCM storage. 200 billion units of green power generated every year at the rate of 5 cents a unit would mean annual revenue of $10b to Nepal, ten times its current budget and more than its current GDP.
Twenty percent of the power generated would be enough for Nepal, and the remaining 80 percent or more may be sold to India. India, Nepal and Bangladesh would get 200 BCM or more of regulated water releases with fool proof flood control protection.
Entire foothills of Nepal would get massive amount of water, power, irrigation and flood control benefits with an investment of below $100b.
More than 20 big dams have already been built from Bhakra to Tehri in India in the last five decades. Himanchal Pradesh alone is developing 20,000 MW of Hydro Power.
Although the regions from Kashmir to Tehri in Uttarkashi are prone to earthquakes, proven technology like concrete gravity dam (Bhakra) can withstand any earthquake. Mismanagement in civil structures is partly due to the shortage of capital resources.
3500 kilometers of embankments in Bihar didn’t generate any revenue BUT promoted corruption instead. Most of the money went in to the pockets of contractors and politicians.
Silting is not a problem as made out by dubious engineers. Bhakra siltation rate is 25 million cubic meters which means it shall fill up to 9 BCM in 360 years – more 500 years since there are plans of building dams close to 8000 MW in the Sutlej basin.
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