The successful completion of the 1530MW Nathpa Jhakri hydroelectric power project in the northern state of Himachal Pradesh seems to have boosted the attractiveness of new hydro schemes in India. Despite numerous obstacles and delays, the US$1.9B plant was completed four months ahead of schedule, providing electricity to a wide area, encompassing Delhi, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Punjab and ... [Show full abstract] Rajasthan. Most new Indian generating capacity over the past 20 years has been provided by thermal plants but the tide could now finally be turning in favour of hydroelectricity. Nathpa Jhakri has been developed by Satluj Jal Vidyut Nigam (SJVN), which was previously known as the Nathpa Jhakri Power Corporation (NJPC). The company was set up by the Himachal Pradesh state government and the federal government: the latter provided most of the funding with some help from the World Bank. The project's site on the River Satluj in the Kinnaur and Shimla districts of Himachal Pradesh, in the foothills of the Himalayas, has long been considered ideal for a hydroelectric development and the original plan to build the plant was drawn up in the 1970s. Construction work did not begin until 1992 and was expected to be completed by 1998 but a major rock fall prompted a redesign of the scheme. Strike action and repeated major flood damage to the 60m dam provided further problems and even as late as August 2000, the World Bank talked of problems with the project at its review meeting. However, the National Hydroelectric Power Corporation (NHPC) was co-opted to the project and work was brought back on schedule after it took over the then NJPC. Nathpa Jhakri's six 255MW units were brought on stream between October 2003 and March 2004, and all remain fully operational. The project is notable on a global scale for several reasons: the power tunnel is one of the world's longest at 28km, while the scheme also boasts the world's largest underground desilting complex and the deepest surge shaft.