Ratle Hydroelectric Plant


The Ratle Hydroelectric Plant is a run-of-the-river hydroelectric power station currently under construction on the Chenab River, downstream of the village near Drabshalla in Kishtwar district of the Indian Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir. The project includes a 133 m (436 ft) tall gravity dam and two power stations adjacent to one another. Water from the dam will be diverted through four intake tunnels about 400 m (0.25 mi) southwest to the power stations. The main power station will contain four 205 MW Francis turbines and the auxiliary power station will contain one 30 MW Francis turbine. The installed capacity of both power stations will be 850 MW.[1][2] On 25 June 2013, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh laid the foundation stone for the dam. Pakistan has frequently alleged that it violates the Indus Water Treaty.[3][4]

Ratle Dam
Ratle Hydroelectric Plant is located in India
Ratle Hydroelectric Plant
Location of Ratle Dam in India
LocationDrabshalla, Kishtwar district, Jammu and Kashmir
Coordinates33°10′37.55″N 75°48′29.53″E / 33.1770972°N 75.8082028°E / 33.1770972; 75.8082028Coordinates: 33°10′37.55″N 75°48′29.53″E / 33.1770972°N 75.8082028°E / 33.1770972; 75.8082028
StatusUC Investment= Rs5282 crores
Construction began2021
Opening date2026 (est.)
Dam and spillways
Type of damGravity
ImpoundsChenab River
Height133 m (436 ft)
Active capacity10,000,000 m3 (8,100 acre⋅ft)
Ratle Hydroelectric Plant
Coordinates33°9′9.21″N 75°45′05.68″E / 33.1525583°N 75.7515778°E / 33.1525583; 75.7515778
Type4 x 205 MW, 1 x 30 MW Francis-type
Hydraulic head100.39 m (329.4 ft)
Installed capacity850 MW

Project StatusEdit

  • As of June 2015, the project is yet to start.[5]
  • In August 2017, the World Bank allowed India to construct the dam. It happened after Pakistan alleged that the construction of the dam was not in line with the Indus Water Treaty.[6]
  • The project was supposed to be complete in February 2018.[7] In October 2018, the state government approached the central government with joint venture proposals to resume construction. If a proposal is accepted, completion is expected at earliest in 2022.[8]
  • In November, 2018, India decided to activate the construction of the project considering Pakistan's objection invalid under Indus Waters Treaty obligations.[9]
  • A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was exchanged among NHPC Limited, Jammu & Kashmir State Power Development Department (JKPDD) and J&K State Power Development Corporation (JKSPDC) for execution of 850 MW Ratle Hydroelectric Project in the presence of Prime Minister, Narendra Modi at Vijaypur in Samba district of Jammu on 3 February 2019.[10]
  • In December 2019, construction works were started by India, pushing Pakistan to send the World Bank new protests against the dam.[11]
  • A fresh Supplementary MOU between NHPC, JKSPDC has been signed on dated 03.01.2021 to execute the project through a Joint Venture Company (JVC). In the supplementary MoU, the clause of MoU dated 3 February 2019 regarding purchase of NHPCs equity by JKSPDCL from the end of the 5th year after date of commissioning over 15 years through equal installments have been deleted. Now, the share of NHPC in the Joint Venture Company shall not be brought below 51% and share of JKSPDCL shall not be brought below 49%.
  • The previous MOU between GVK and JKSPDC was called off, since the construction of project was left over by GVK.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Ratle Hydro Electric Project" (PDF). UN CDM. 8 July 2012. Retrieved 21 March 2014.
  2. ^ "Ratle H.E. Project" (PDF). Ministry of Power. Retrieved 21 March 2014.
  3. ^ "WB pause gives India free rein to complete Ratle project". Retrieved 21 January 2019.
  4. ^ Abbasi, Ansar (20 July 2013). "Pakistan may go to world court if India pursues Ratle Dam project". The International News. Retrieved 21 March 2014.
  5. ^ "Rattle HEP project hits road block". www.greaterkashmir.com. Archived from the original on 1 July 2015.
  6. ^ "Kishanganga project: India permitted to construct Kishanganga, Ratle projects: World Bank | India News - Times of India". The Times of India.
  7. ^ "PM lays foundation stone for GVK's 850 MW Ratle hydel plant in J&K". The Hindu Business Line. 25 June 2013. Retrieved 21 March 2014.
  8. ^ "Ratle power project: Govt proposes joint venture with Union power ministry". Greater Kashmir. 1 November 2018.
  9. ^ "Pak 'diplomatic sabotage' busted: India to go ahead with Ratle hydroelectric project, govt to send team to J&K". Retrieved 10 November 2018.
  10. ^ "NHPC, JKPDD & JKSPDC enter into MoU for Ratle Hydroelectric Project". The Kashmir Pulse. 3 February 2019. Retrieved 3 February 2019.
  11. ^ "Violating IWT India starts Ratle Dam's construction". The News Pakistan. 15 December 2019. Retrieved 30 December 2019.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
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