In the entire district of Kinnaur, HPSEB transmission line of 22 KV runs parallel to the Satluj River. During winters, most of the transmission lines get damaged due to avalanches, landslides and rock slides. During summer and rainy season also, when discharge of water in the Satluj River increases due to fast melting of snow, poles get damaged due to flash flooding. Consequently, the local tribal population is deprived of sustained and quality supply of electrical energy, more so during winters when they need it the most.
No private company/firm/individual or commercial organization had ventured to put up a mini hydroelectric power project in such remote/tribal areas where local people had been facing energy crisis. The climatic conditions are harsh, temperatures down as low as -30 degree C and local people have no option but it use fuel wood, coal, kerosene oil, petroleum products and other bio-mass based fuels to meet their energy requirements. The Company decided to execute Titang Micro Hydel Project in such a remote area with the prime objective to serve the tribal population. The Company has also distributed room heaters and cooking heaters to the local villagers. It took loan to execute this project to the tune of Rs. 3.35 crore from IREDA and HP State Co-operative Bank Ltd. It is an UNDP-GEF demonstration unit. Despite the project is running in loss, the Company is operating it for the fulfilment of the energy requirements of the remote area.