NEW DELHI: India-assisted Mangdechhu hydroelectric challenge in Bhutan has been awarded the distinguished Brunel Medal for excellence in civil engineering by the UK-based Institute of Civil Engineers.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi had inaugurated the 720 MW challenge on August 17 final 12 months throughout his go to to Bhutan.
The run-of-river energy plant, constructed on the Mangdechhu River in Trongsa Dzongkhag district of central Bhutan at a price of Rs 4,500-crore, is seen as a logo of friendship between the 2 nations.
The awards committee of the UK-based Institute of Civil Engineers conferred the distinguished Brunel Medal on the Mangdechhu Hydroelectric Mission’ authority, officers mentioned.
The Mangdechhu challenge was funded by India by means of a 70 per cent mortgage and a 30 per cent grant.
The Mangdechhu energy plant was developed by the Mangdechhu Hydroelectric Mission Authority, which was collectively constituted by the Indian and the Bhutanese governments.
A lot of the electrical energy generated by the plant meets the vitality necessities of Bhutan and the excess electrical energy is exported to India.
The development of the plant started in 2012 and was accomplished in seven years, officers mentioned.
India-assisted hydropower tasks in Bhutan are an instance of win-win cooperation, offering a dependable supply of cheap and clear electrical energy to India and producing export income for Bhutan, mentioned an official.