• Under India-Bhutan Co-operation in hydro development, DPR Updation work of following two projects was assigned to THDCIL:
    • Sankosh HEP Complex (2585 MW)
    • Bunakha HEP (180 MW)
    The Bunakha Hydro Electric Project is located near village Bunakha, in Chukha Dzong (District) in the Western Bhutan. The site is located 3.25 Km u/s of existing Chukha dam approachable by 2.5 km long foot track starting from Puentsholing -Thimphu National Highway at 102 Km Milestone. Phuentsholing is 105 Km from the project site.

    The nearest rail head is Hasimara (West Bengal), which is situated at a distance of about 125 Km from Project site and the nearest road head in India is Jaigaon (West Bengal), bordering Phuentsholing town of Bhutan and about 18 km away from Hasimara on NH - 31C, connecting Siliguri and Guwahati.

    After getting clearance in EJG meeting held on 22nd March-10 at New Delhi, work for DPR preparation was taken up.

    DPR of Bunakha HEP (180 MW) has been completed and submitted to CEA and CWC on 30th Aug-11.

    DPR now stands techno economically concurred by CEA. A formal TEC communication has been issued by CEA.

    The IG Agreement was signed in the month of April’14. Finalization of draft cabinet note and interest subsidy required for Bunakha HEP are under consideration at MEA, MoP. Once the cabinet gives its approval, a MoU will be signed for taking up the preconstruction activities for Bunakha HEP between the two JV partners i.e. THDCIL & DGPC.

    Final EIA & EMP report for Bunakha HEP has been sent to Department of Hydropower & Power Systems MoEA, RGoB, Thimphu on 28.01.2015.

    The tariff of Bunakha HEP in different scenario considering 30 yrs, 35 yrs and 50 yrs of project life along with the subsidies required to make the project viable, have been worked out and informed to MOP, GOI on 21.12.2016.

    Discussions at various levels at MoP and MEA, GoI are being held for implementation of Bunakha HEP.

Updated on : 17/01/2022