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Mangdechhu Hydroelectric Power Project handed over to Druk Green Power Corporation

Published on December 28, 2022
Current Context: The Druk Green Power Corporation (DGPC) of Bhutan has received the 720-Megawatt Mangdechhu Hydroelectric Power Project, developed with India's help. The two nations have successfully completed four mega hydroelectric power projects with this handover.
Mangdechhu Hydroelectric Power Project handed over to Druk Green Power Corporation
  • In 2019, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Bhutanese counterpart Lotay Tshering jointly inaugurated the 720 MW Mangdechhu Hydroelectric Power Project. The construction of this hydroelectric facility received financial and technical support from the Indian government.
  • Bhutan's current electrical power generation capacity is 2,326 Mega Watts, up 44% since this hydroelectric power facility was implemented.
  • Since the project's commissioning, it has produced more than 9,000 million energy units, reducing 2.4 million tonnes of carbon emissions annually.
  • By 2020, the project has increased the nation's hydropower earnings by 31%. In 2021, it sent India electricity worth Rs. 12.13 billion. Bhutan's energy exports have climbed to Rs. 24.43 billion as a result.
  • The London Institute of Civil Engineers awarded the project the 2020 Brunel Medal too.
  • Bhutan’s first mega power project – the 336 MW Chukha Hydropower Project (CHP) – was fully funded by the Indian Government.

Question: 

Q.1 Which hydroelectric project was recently handed over to DGPC in Bhutan, developed by India?
a. Mangdechhu Hydroelectric Power Project
b. Chukha Hydropower Project
c. Jaldhaka Power Project
d. Both a and b
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