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New Delhi : NHPC’s 510 MW Teesta-V Power Station located in the Himalayan State of Sikkim has been conferred on the prestigious Blue Planet Prize by International Hydropower Association (IHA), a London based non-profit membership association operating in 120 countries.

The power station has been built, owned, and being operated by NHPC. The award for Teesta-V Power Station was announced on September 23, 2021, during the World Hydropower Congress, 2021. The award had been conferred on Teesta-V Power Station based on its sustainability assessment undertaken by a team of accredited lead assessors of IHA in 2019 using the Operation Stage tool of the Hydropower Sustainability Assessment Protocol (HSAP) of IHA, according to a PIB release.

The IHA membership includes leading hydropower owners and operators, developers, designers, suppliers, and consultants. The IHA Blue Planet Prize is awarded to hydropower projects that demonstrate excellence in sustainable development.

The Hydropower Sustainability Assessment Protocol (HSAP) is the leading international tool for measuring the sustainability of hydropower projects. It offers a way to benchmark the performance of a hydropower project against a comprehensive range of environmental, social, technical and governance criteria. Assessments are based on objective evidence and the results are presented in a standardised report.