- Tipaimukh Multipurpose Hydro electric Project(1500 MW) is located near Manipur Mizoram border, 500 m downstream of confluence of the river Barak with Tuivai, in Churachandpur district of Manipur. The project envisages construction of 162.80 metre high rock fill dam, with annual estimated generation of 3,805.74 million units in a 90% dependable year with an installed capacity of 6X250 MW, with firm power generation of 434.44 MW.
- The project has been conceived as a multipurpose storage project with the main objectives of hydropower development and flood moderation at its downstream regime. Besides, the project will deliver a large number of socio-economic benefits to the people living in & around the project.
- Besides the social and economic upliftment of the people in its vicinity, the 1500 MW Tipaimukh Hydro Electric Project will generate 3805.74 GWh of electrical energy in a 90 % dependable year.
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- A controversial hydroelectric project in the northeast may run into rough weather with the environment ministry hesitant to grant green clearance to the project which involves cutting 78 lakh trees and 27,000 bamboo columns.
- The construction of the proposed 1500 MW Tipaimukh Multipurpose Hydroelectric Project (HEP) downstream of the confluence of river Barak and the Tuivai in Manipur would lead to massive destruction of ecology.
- Forest Advisory Committee (FAC), an Environment Ministry panel, has recommended clearance of the Rs 9211 Crores project located near Manipur Mizoram border, official sources said.
- According to sources, Environment Ministry is hesitant to grant clearance to the project as it feels that no compensatory mechanism would help in mitigating the loss caused by erasing of forests –a habitat of endangered species– from a huge area.
- Green activists say that these forests are critical habitats of many endangered species including barking deer, gibbons, leopards, grey sibia, serow and the rufous-necked hornbill–the state bird of Manipur.
- It is being executed as a joint venture of the NHPC, Satluj Jal Vidyut Nigam Limited and theManipur government.