The river of Phochhu & Mochhu originate from the glaciated terrain of the great Himalayan range, rising at an altitude of ±7,000 masl in Gasa Dzongkhag (District) of Bhutan, fed by snow/glacial lakes. The rivers Phochhu and Mochhu confluences at an altitude of ±1,200 masl at Punakha to form the Punatsangchhu river which flows southerly to enter the Indian plains of West Bengal. The Punatsangchhu river eventually draws into the Brahmaputra.
The diversion Dam of run-of-the-river 1,020 MW Punatsangchhu-II Hydroelectric Project (PHEP-II) is located about 20 km downstream of Wangduephodrang Bridge. All other project components are situated on the right bank. It’s underground Power House is 15 km downstream of Dam at Kamechu, Dagar Gewog.
PHPA-II is an autonomous body set up for the implementation of the mega Project by the two Governments of Bhutan and India.
A Technical Coordination Committee (TCC) comprising members from Royal Government of Bhutan and Government of India has been set up by the Authority for effective coordination between the management, consultants and concerned technical experts/agencies, to make timely recommendations/decisions on important/crucial technical matters.
Emergency Preparedness and Response Plan for COVID-19 for PHPA-II
With fast spreading of Coronavirus around the world and declaration of COVID-19 as Pandemic by WHO, this Standard Operating Process (SOP) is prepared to control and prevent spread of Coronavirus to the Project employees and their family members to the extent possible should there be a similar situation striking Bhutan. The Action Plan is put in place to supplement the National and Wangdue Dzongkhag Incident Management Systems. The SOP shall focus on the Coronavirus prevention through awareness, inspection, surveillance, monitoring and reporting by the identified officers who shall play vital role for the Punatsangchhu-II Hydroelectric Project.