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Tattapani- Geothermal Hot springs Don’t Let them Die

Tatapani- Geothermal Hot springs

Don’t Let them Die


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Hot water springs are used for bathing and medicinal values since time immemorial. Their importance increases in Himalayan region where energy utilisation due to fossil fuel is a costly proposition and Hydel power projects are taking toll on the environment besides submerging various habitats. Over the years successive govt’s have failed to develop them as a Tourist Geothermal destination. This film is an attempt to highlight  plight of Tattapani  Hot springs which will be soon submerged.  Dr Arya’s  Agneyodgara – “Energy from Lava”  is safe, free, sustainable, renewable energy for all which we can pass to our FUTURE GENERATION


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Indo-Norwegian team inspects hot water springs
Says Tatta Pani, Manikaran, Vashisht can be developed as geothermal tourist destinations 
Kuldeep Chauhan
Tribune News Service

Mandi, February 26
The country has a geothermal energy potential of around 10,000 MW, but not a single geothermal plant. The project team of a joint Indo-Norwegian venture today proposed that Tatta Pani in Mandi, Manikaran and Vashisht in the Kullu valley and Puga and Chuma-Thang in Ladakh can be developed as geothermal tourist destinations if these natural sources of energy are tapped properly.

On a “save-hot water springs mission” in the western Himalayas, the team of scientists today inspected the Tatta Pani hot water springs in the district and proposed to the government its action plan.

The team says this natural source of geothermal energy is facing depletion if it is not saved and relocated at Tatta Pani town.

The hot water springs will be submerged in the 800 MW Kol Dam project, being executed by the National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) on the Sutlej.

Though the NTPC claims that it has relocated the hot water springs at a higher elevation at Tatta Pani town, the team found that it needs a proper geological study and a fresh initiative to relocate the geothermal energy.

Talking to The Tribune from Tatta Pani, the coordinator of the Indo-Norwegian joint venture, Dr Ritesh Arya, said, “The hot water springs here have not been suitably relocated and tapped. The source can be used for space heating and hot baths. Tata Pani can emerge as a geothermal tourist destination.”

Dr Arya, a geologist who has entered the Guinness Book of World Records by boring the highest tube well in the world in Ladakh, said they had inspected the Manikaran and Vashisht hot water springs in Kullu-Manali, Puga and Chuma-Thang in Ladakh.

“Iceland has tapped geothermal energy and is known worldwide as a geothermal tourist destination,” he added.

“The country has a geothermal energy potential in excess of 10,000 MW, but not even a single geothermal plant has been set up so far,” Dr Arya said. He said they could tap this energy from lava as had been done in Iceland and the Philippines.