Bhakra Beas Management Board

Bhakra Beas Management Board

Achievements of BBMB

At the time of partition of India, about 80% of the irrigated area of Punjab went to West Pakistan leaving India with very meagre irrigation resources. Mighty Bhakra-Nangal and Beas Projects changed the scenario and turned Northern India into Granary of the Nation, Year after year, BBMB dams are saving downstream areas from floods. Even China’s Parchu lake bursted in 2005 was fully absorbed by Bhakra Dam with no adverse effect in the downstream area.

Power Generation

Generation targets rigorously set by the CEA are being surpassed year after year. Generation during 2016-17 was 10634.41 Million Units against the target of 9536 Million Units i.e. 11.52% higher than the target. During the year 2017-18, Generation has been 10880.691 Million Units against the target of 9360 Million Units i.e. 16.25% higher than the target. During the year 2018-19 generation has been 10190.264 Million Units against the target of 9425.00 Million Units i.e. 8.12% higher than the target. During the year 2019-20 BBMB surpassed generation targets of 9470 million units fixed by the CEA by generating 9473.20 million units of energy on 04.12.2019 at 6.00 am. Later, BBMB has generated 12,000 million units of energy on 25.03.2020 at 6.00 am from all its Power Houses against target of 9329 million units fixed by the Central Electricity Authority, Government of India. Further, BBMB power houses have generated 28.63% more energy than the target and Plant availability of generating machines in BBMB Power Houses has been 98.94%  which is one of the highest in the country. Additionally, all BBMB Power houses have surpassed generation targets set for them individually by the Central Electricity Authority and generated total of 12,176 million units of energy as against target of 9470 million units.  By maintaining optimum generation scheduling and close monitoring under Availability Based Tariff (ABT) regime, BBMB has accrued additional revenue of Rs.25.32 crore during the year 2019-20.

During the year 2019-20 BBMB has surpassed generation targets of 1447 million units fixed by the CEA (up to 31 May, 2020) by generating 2065.44 million units of which is 42.74% more than the target. Additionally, BBMB has surpassed its energy generation target fixed by Central Electricity Authority (CEA) for the first quarter of financial year 2020-21 ending June, 2020 as BBMB Power Houses generated 3326 million units of energy against target of 2543 million units, which is 31% higher than the target. Later, this year (upto 31st Dec. 2020) also we exceeded the production target provided by the CEA and produced 121.38 % energy. BBMB surpassed the generation target of 7930 million units fixed by the CEA for the financial year 2020-21 ending December, 2020 by generating 9625.64 million units, which is 21.38% more than the target.

Recently, BBMB has surpassed generation targets of 9600 million units fixed by the CEA (up to 31st March, 2021) by generating 11482.05 million units, which is 19.60% more than the target.

Record Availability of Machines

Being the largest hydroelectric complex in the region, BBMB plays a vital role in the day to day operation of the northern grid. The BBMB powerhouses provide much needed peaking power to the grid thus enabling the thermal stations to work on base load. The powerhouses help in frequency regulation of the grid by flexing generation between 1900 MW and 2800 MW in summers and between 500 MW and 1900 MW during winters. The average annual plant availability of last 5 years (2013-2014 to 2017-2018) of BBMB power houses is around 97.51%. Cumulative machine availability of generating units of BBMB during April, 2019 to November, 2019 was 98.62% and the Transmission availability for the said period was 99.84%. During year 2019-20 highest machine availability of 98.94% was achieved against 97.95% for the previous year 2018-19. Moreover, BBMB has also recorded all time high transmission system availability of 99.82% during 2019-20 as compared to 99.69% during the year 2018-19. 

The plant availability for the period 1st April 2020 to 31st May 2020 excluding RM&U is 99.66% and transmission system availability for the period 1st April 2020 to 31st May 2020 is 99.81%. Additionally, the plant availability of BBMB Power Houses for the first quarter of financial year 2020-21 ending June, 2020 has been registered as 99.15% which is far above the operating availability of 91.28% at National Level. The transmission availability has been registered as 99.84% which is much more than normative availability of 98.5% for hydro generating stations. It is worth to mention here that scheduling of BBMB generating stations have come under the ambit of Availability Based Tariff (ABT) w.e.f. June, 2016. BBMB under this regime earned Rs. 92.47 crore ending June, 2020 through Deviation Settlement Mechanism (DSM).

Moreover, the plant availability of BBMB Power Houses for the financial year 2020-21 ending December, 2020 has been registered as 96.32% which is above the operating availability % at National Level. It was achieved by optimum utilization of the available resources and close monitoring of the real time generation schedule/ actual energy generated from BBMB generating stations round the clock and operation of machines. Recently, the plant availability for months January, February and March 2021 are 99.21%, 99.14% & 99.37% respectively and the overall cumulative machine availability upto the month March 2021 is 97.04% which is one of the highest in the country. The transmission availability has been registered as 99.82% which is much more than normative availability of 98.5% for hydro generating stations.  

Additionally, BBMB is committed to provide continuous water and power to the country’s northern region. Complying with the Govt. guidelines pertaining to lockdown and social distancing, BBMB is running its Power Houses and sub-stations with requisite manpower. BBMB has maintained all the essential services at all its project stations, sub-stations and at Head office and is contributing continuously towards Nation’s fight against COVID-19 through its hospitals, ambulances free of charge to public and also by deployingmen &machineries. BBMB, is also helping daily wage laborers by providing them cooked food and ration items at all its project stations i.e. Nangal, Talwara, BSL Project at Sundernagar and also at Chandigarh.

Almost every year during high silt conditions, large hydro power stations in the northern grid go under force shut-down putting the grid in a disturbed condition and BBMB bails out the grid from this vulnerable condition by injecting maximum power.

Contributing in stabilizing the frequency of the grid by scheduling the generation as low as 400MW and as high as 2500MW during the year 2017-18. Provides support of Black Start Operation in the grid through Bhakra. Helped in stabilizing the frequency of grid by placing generation between low as 400 MW and as high as 2500 MW during the year 2017-18.

After, more than 10 years BBMB managed to run all the six generating units of Dehar Power House simultaneously during the peak hours in the month of August, 2018.

This time BBMB also managed to run all the six generating units of Dehar Power House simultaneously for one and half hour daily during the peak hours for the first time.

Implementation of Integrated Management System(IMS)

Under IMS implementation program, the entire BBMB is covered under QMS (ISO 9001:2015), EMS (ISO 14001:2015) & OHSMS (IS 18001:2007). At present all the certification of the Management System are being issued by BIS (Certifying Body). In an endeavour for continual improvement, BBMB is acquiring new Health and Safety Management System certification i.e. OHSMS (ISO/IS 45001:2018) there by replacing the previous version OHSMS (IS 18001).

Electronic (E) Procurement

E-procurement has been implemented for procurements having threshold value of over Rs.10 lacs.

Integrity Pact

Integrity Pact has been implemented and two Independent External Monitors have been appointed with whom regular meetings are being held.

National Hydrology Project

Bhakra Beas Management Board (BBMB) has set up Earth Receiving Station (ERS) at Chandigarh for inflow flood forecasting (i.e. short term 3 days and medium term 7 to 10 days) for optimum utilization of Bhakra and Pong Reservoirs and Canal Network. BBMB has the 'first mover' in the country under the World Bank funded Hydrology Phase-II project.  

Under this project, 93 no. Real Time Data Acquisition stations comprising Automatic Rain Gauge Stations, Automatic Full Climate Stations, Snow Water Equivalent, Water Level Recorders etc. including 6 nos. co-operator stations of IMD and 10 No. Automatic Stage Recorder at Contact Points of Partner states have been installed in the catchment of River Sutlej and Beas by using state of the art technology. The schematic arrangement of Real Time Decision Support System involves real time transmission of Hydro meteorological data through INSAT-3D at 1 hour interval to Earth Receiving Station at Chandigarh.

Real Time Data is processed using Rainfall Runoff Model, Hydro Dynamic Model, Flood Model and Water Allocation of MIKE software. The outcome/ scenario generation is further shared on NHP Dashboard accessible to all.  

MOWR, Govt. of India in association with World Bank has initiated, National Hydrology Project (NHP) in India to carry forward the work and objectives of Hydrology Project Phase-II under the NHP. To this effect, BBMB has been allocated Rs. 30.00 Crore for strengthening and expansion of existing Data Acquisition system (DAS), development of alternate models and technology enhancement along with capacity building in the organisation to achieve better results.

The Annual Work Plan 2020-21 under NHP have already been approved by MoWR, Govt. of India.

Supply of Water

The Bhakra Nangal and Beas Projects are harbinger of Green Revolution and White Revolution in the States of Punjab, Haryana and Rajasthan.The States of Punjab, Haryana, Rajasthan and Delhi are being supplied, on an average, about 34537.44 MCM (28 MAF) of water per year which irrigates 135 lac acres of land.

By judicious reservoir management, close monitoring and utilizing inflows from rivulets downstream of the dams in order to meet irrigation requirement during the monsoon season. BBMB saved 0.674 Million Acre Feet water of the Satluj & Beas rivers which otherwise would have gone down stream of the international border.

Based on technical parameters BBMB stored water upto the level of 1393.30 feet in Pong reservoir to avoid synchronization of any releases with the floods in rivulets downstream of the dam. Thus preventing flooding of down stream areas of Punjab.

Renovation, Modernization and Uprating (R,M&U)

All the five units of Bhakra Right Bank powerhouse have been renovated, modernized and uprated from 120 MW to 157 MW each, resulting in an additional installed capacity of 185 MW and additional annual generation of 310 MU.

Commissioning of  850KWP, 300KWP, 175KWP, 100KWP, 60KWP, 20KWP & 80KWP Solar Power Plants

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy set the target date of 13 Oct.,2017 of Commissioning of 175KWP Solar Power Plant on the roof top of BBMB Secretariat Sector-19 and SLDC Building, Industrial Area, Chandigarh. This Solar Power Plant has been commissioned on 18th July, 2017 much before the target date.

BBMB, a pioneer in Hydro Electric Generation added another feather in its cap on 18.12.2018 by installing grid connected roof top solar power plant of total capacity of 100KWP at 220KWP Sub-station, Jalandhar and 60KWP at 220KWP sub-station, BBMB, Jamalpur.

Installing of 20KWP and 80KWP solar roof top PV plant have been also commissioned on 29.01.2019 at Control Room building of 220KV sub-staton at Narela and Punjabi Bagh, Delhi respectively.

Installing of 300KWP and 850KWP solar roof top PV plant have been  commissioned  at Talwara on 16.05.2019 &  at Nangal  (from 01.06.2019 to 24.06.2019) respectively.

Replacement of old transformer with Higher Rating New Transformer

BBMB has replaced old transformer at 220 KV sub-stations Dhulkot, Jagadhari and Jalandhar and commissioned with higher capacity new Power Transformers of rating 100MVA.

The commissioning of these three Power Transformers has helped in achieving the target 24x7 power supply initiative of the Ministry of Power, Govt. Of India and the people of these areas would get uninterrupted power supply.

Low Level Inspection

There are two irrigation tunnels (T-1 & T-2) in Pong Dam. Last time Low Level Tunnel inspection was done in the year 2010.

During the year 2017-18, the Low Level Inspection and Repair of irrigation tunnel T-2 of Pong Dam was carried out with in a record time of 20 days against the normal period schedule of 30 days. The maintenance of irrigation tunnel T-1 was planned and carried out during April, 2018.

Training Programme

In 2017-18, the training programme has benefited BBMB staff with 18580 training mandays against the target of 16000 mandays. 

In 2018-19, the training programme has benefited BBMB staff with 18359 training mandays against the target of 16000 mandays. 

Information Technology (IT) Intitiative

Number of IT initiatives such as monitoring system for Pension, GPF Advacnce, Visitor pass Management System & MIS for Legal cases have been taken in recent past to bring in more efficiency in the organization.

BBMB has implemented e-office, a Mission Mode Project within the National e-Governance Plan (NeGP) of GOI, for enhancing productivity, quality of service of transparency and for paper less digital system. It will help clear off all the paper based filing and approval system. e-Office system will increase efficiency of work, have great environmental benefits as it will eliminate physical files and use of paper in office working.

BBMB Jan Shakti Mobile Application

A Mobile Application of BBMB for empowering its employees and public, ‘Jan Shakti’ was inaugurated by Sh. Ajay Kumar Bhalla, Secretary (Power), Government of India on 2nd April 2018. This Mobile Application empowers employees by giving them access to their Salary, GPF/CPF, Personal & Official details, BBMB employees and public shall have access to technical information/data relating to Power & Irrigation Systems of BBMB i.e. project-wise generation details, reservoir levels, water releases, rainfall in catchment areas for the past many years will be accessible to users by use of this Mobile app.

Radio Campaign

Enlightening Radio Campaign on Bhakra Dam was released by the Secretary (Power), Govt. of India to aware general masses about benefits of Bhakra Dam and multipurpose river valley projects.

Grievance Redressal Mechanism of Bhakra Beas Management Board

A well defined Grievance Redressal Mechanism exists in BBMB. Special Secretary, BBMB has been designated as Director/Grievances for Bhakra Beas Management Board as a whole. Further, BBMB has also appointed Grievance Officers of the rank of Superintending Engineer/Dy. Chief Accounts Officer at each Project station and Board office.

Awards won by BBMB during the year 2017, 2018 and 2019

  • BBMB won National Award for “Best State Nodal Officer Category” in National Level Painting Competition on 14.12.2019.

  • BBMB conferred with Ist Prize for Rajbhasha " The Kirti Puraskar" on 14.09.2019.

    Conferred with two awards for "Best Performing Utility in Hydro Power Sector" and "Best Maintained Projects" in Water Resources Sector on 04.01.2019.
  • Won two National Awards for “Best State Nodal Officer Category” and “Best UT Level Nodal Officer Category” in National Level Painting Competition on 14.12.2018.
  • Won Best Hydro Power Generator Award on 24.11.2018.
  • Won three awards in implementation of Official Language on 19.11.2018.
  • Conferred with " Rajbhasha Kirti" Award on dated 14.09.2018
  • Won First Prize for its House Journal “ BBMB Samachar.
  • Sh.V.K.Kalra Member (Power) BBMB received "Bharat Jyoti Award"on 26.03.2018 from India International Friendship Society for Meritorious Services, Outstanding Performance & Remarkable Role.
  • Conferred with 1st Prize on 09.02.2018 for maximum use of Hindi Language in official work.
  • Shri D.K.Sharma Chairman BBMB conferred with "National Level Award for Special Recognition & Contribution to the Indian Water & Power Sectors" on 03.01.2018.
  • Chairman BBMB awarded with most prestigious "National level Award to Bhakra Dam" on 03.01.2018.
  • Conferred with "National Gaurav Award-2017" in the category of Energy Generator on 16.12.2017.
  • Awarded the most prestigious National Level Award to 'Bhakra Dam', the Temple of Modern India, as "Best Maintained Project (Functional for more than 50 years)".
  • Chairman, BBMB has also been given national level award for "CBIP Special Recognition Award for Exceptional Leadership and Contribution to the Indian Water and Power Sectors".
  • Conferred with the “National Gaurav Award-2017" by Indian Brave Hearts, a certified ISO 9001:2015 NGO, for its achievement in the Category of Energy Generator.
  • Er.B.S.Sinhmar, Director/HRD awarded with 1st Prize at National Level for “Best State Level Nodal Officer Category”
  • Bhakra Dam Administration has been awarded First Prize by the Official Language Department, Ministry of Home affairs, Govt. of India for doing maximum official work in Hindi in "B" region.


BBMB excelled equally well in the field of sports and has created record by wining seven National events i.e. Table Tennis, Cricket, Kabbadi, Volleyball, Athletic, Badminton and Chess. No PSU has ever achieved so far. The national events were held under the aegis of Power Sports Control Board Tournament in the year 2017-18.

Power Sports Control Board, Delhi has awarded BBMB the best organiser award for conducting the Athletic Meet.

BBMB has organized Men & Women Inter CPSU Athletics competition/tournament at Nangal Township from 30.01.2019 to 31.01.2019. BBMB won the Ist prize in both Men & Women individual team events.

BBMB won Ist prize in Inter CPSU Volleyball tournament organized by THDC India at Rishikesh from 19.9.2018 to 21.09.2018. BBMB is continuously winning this tournament from the last 22 years.

BBMB won Ist prize in Inter CPSU kabbadi tournament organized by NHPC Ltd. at Gowahati (Assam) from 26.02.2019 to 28.02.2019. BBMB is winning continuously this tournament from the last 21 years.

BBMB has won 2nd prize in Table Tennis and Cricket in inter CPSU tournaments held from 22.11.2018 to 25.11.2018 and 04.02.2019 to 09.02.2019 respectively.

Tree Plantation

In line with its commitment to improve the environment and to plant more and more trees, a “Herbal Garden” in an area of 27 acres has been established by BBMB at Nangal.

BBMB planted 11,000 saplings in three hours under special plantation drive inaugurated by Secretary (Power), Govt. of India, Ministry of Power.

BBMB planted 37400 plants in the calendar year 2018-19 including 11000 plants under special plantation drive.

Modern Trends in the field of Transmission System

By state of Art Automation of 220KV Barnala Sub-station, BBMB joins the elite club of Power Utilities of India who have converted their conventional Substations into remote operated ones. This Barnala automated substation is being remotely operated from the premises of 220KV substation, Sangrur. Automation of Barnala Substation is the first step in respect of Smart substation automation solutions.

The benefits associated with the said project such as increased system reliability on account of quick fault analysis, safety of operation and maintenance staff, reduced down time, monitoring of operations of the sub-station at remote with the help of high-tech equipment etc.

Importance of Energy Conservation

Government of India has enacted Energy Conservation Act- 2001 with the objective of providing necessary legal frame-work for promoting energy conservation measures in the country and to promote more efficient management of our scarce energy resources.

Keeping in view to promote Energy Consevation, BBMB under the aegis of Ministry of Power has the distinction of holding painting competition for two States of Punjab & Haryana and one UT, Chandigarh right from its inception in the year 2005. The aim of the painting competition is of sensitizing school children, their parents as well as teachers regarding energy conservation.

Bharat Ke Veer

BBMB contributed Rs.1,28,50,000/- in favour of “ Bharat Ke Veer” towards the families help of the martyred soldiers during Pulwama attack.

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