Pallivasal Hydroelectric Project Munnar

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Pallivasal Hydroelectric Project is located at around 8 km from the town of Munnar of Idukki in Kerala. The power project is commissioned in 1940 with an installed capacity of 37.5 Megawatt. The type of implemented project is Major, since the capacity of power project is greater than 25 Megawatt. The type of powerhouse is Surface and the configuration of powerhouses is One surface powerhouse. The status of power house is Operational. The water source for generation of current is Muthirapuzha/Periyar River. The hydroelectric Basin is West flowing Rivers and the hydroelectric Development Type is Storage. The actual location of power station in India is South Hydroelectric Region.

The power station is owned by State Government of Kerala and its operations were conducted by Kerala State Electricity Board. The beneficiary state of the hydroelectric project is Kerala. The construction of the power station is completed in 1951 and soon it starts its operation. The total number of Turbines in the power plant is six and capacity per each turbine is 3 units of 5 Megawatt and 3 units of 7.5 Megawatt. The type of Turbine built is Pelton. The manufacturer of Turbine of Power House is by the Escherwyss Switzerland (Unit 1 to Unit 3) and Boving UK (Unit 4 to Unit 6). Also the manufacturer of Generator of Power House is by the Brown Boveri Switzerland (Unit 1 to Unit 3) and BTH UK (Unit 4 to Unit 6).

The Unit Size of the Pallivasal Hydroelectric Project is 37.5 MW (3 units of 5 MW and 3 units of 7.5 MW). There are six units in operation and all the six units are commissioned in the years 1940, 1941, 1942, 1948, 1949 and 1951 respectively.

How to Reach: The location can be accessed from Munnar or Idukki town via Road. Frequent bus and taxi services are available from Idukki and Munnar to the power station. Aluva railway station is the nearest Railway Station, whereas Kochi Airport is the nearest airport.

Project Details:

• Hydroelectric Project Name – Pallivasal Hydroelectric Project near Munnar

• Commission Date – 1940

• Approved Capacity in MW –37.5 Megawatt

• Installed Capacity in MW – 37.5 Megawatt

• Type of Project – Major (> 25 Megawatt)

• Type of Powerhouse –Surface

• Configuration of Powerhouses - One surface powerhouse

• Status – Operational

• Water Source – Muthirapuzha/Periyar River

• Hydroelectric Basin – West Flowing Rivers

• Hydroelectric Region – South Hydroelectric Region of India

• Hydroelectric Development Type – Storage

• Owner – State Government

• Operating Company – Kerala State Electricity Board

• Address – Located about 8 km from Munnar, Pallivasal, Idukki, Kerala

• District – Idukki

• State – Kerala

• Contact Number –+91 (471) 244 6480 (Trivandrum)

• Email –

• Website –

• Beneficiary States/ Union Territories – Kerala

• Completion of Power Project– 1951

• Number of Turbines – 6

• Capacity per Turbine – 3 units x 5 MW and 3 units x 7.5 MW

• Type of Turbine – Pelton

• Turbine Manufacturer – Unit 1 to Unit 3: Escherwyss Switzerland and Unit 4 to Unit 6: Boving UK

• Generator Manufacturer – Unit 1-Unit 3: Brown Boveri Switzerland Unit 4-Unit 6: BTH UK

• Unit Sizes – 37.5 MW (3 x 5 MW and 3 x 7.5 MW)

• Total Units – 6

• Units Commissioned – All the 6 units are commissioned