The Vishnugad Pipalkoti Hydro Electric Project (4 x 111 MW) is located on Alaknanda River, a major tributary of river Ganga, in district Chamoli in the state of Uttarakhand. The nearest railhead is Rishikesh (225 Km) and the nearest Airport is Jolly Grant, Dehradun (240 Km). The project is approachable by an all weather road (National Highway No. 58).
The project envisages a run of river scheme with construction of a diversion dam of 65 m height across Alaknanda River for power generation harnessing a gross head of 237 m. The reservoir will have a gross storage capacity of 3.63 Million cum, out of which 2.47 Million CuM shall be live storage. A diversion cum spill tunnel of 10 m dia. shall divert the discharge of 725 m3/Sec during the construction period. The water conductor system comprises of 03 nos. intake tunnels, 03 nos. Underground sedimentation chambers, a head race tunnel, a surge shaft, 02 nos. pressure shafts bifurcating into 4 No Penstocks. The powerhouse comprises of two separate underground caverns for installation of turbines and transformers.