India has reported progress on the 280MW Dhauliganga hydro power project in Pithoragarh district of Uttar Pradesh.

The scheme will involve the installation of 4x70MW units across the river Dhauliganga with an investment of Rs17,000M (US$405M) and funding assistance from the Japan Bank of International Cooperation of Rs12,000M. The scheme will include the implementation of the following packages:

•Daewoo Corporation from South Korea and Kajima Corporation of Japan have been jointly awarded the US$84M first package from the National Hydropower Corporation of India. Daewoo will construct the dam and 1km tunnel, while Kajima will be in charge of management and supervision.

•Hindustan Construction and Samsung of South Korea have been awarded the second package which will involve the construction of a 4.5km tunnel and underground power house.

•The third package relating to electromechanical equipment is yet to be finalised.

•Noyell of Germany and Tungabhadra steel products have been awarded the fourth package for the arrangement of hydromechanical equipment.

The entire project is targeted for completion by March 2005.