Shanan Power House

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Shanan Power House (commissioned in 1932 [1]) was the first hydro-electric power station of India in Megawatt capacity. British Engineer Colonel B.C. Batty and his team in collaboration with the then ruler of Joginder Nagar region, Raja Karan Sen, designed and created it. It is situated at a distance of 2 km from the main city. The Shanan Power house is currently under the control of Punjab State Electricity Board and whole of the revenue goes to Punjab government.[2]


British Engineer Colonel B.C. Batty wanted to construct 5 hydro-electric power stations by utilizing the water of Uhl river. To bring men and material for work to this place, a railway line was built from Pathankot to Joginder Nagar. To deliver construction material to hill top for making water reservoir at Barot, a Haulage way system was created there.

The plan was to use the water for 5 power projects, but could not be completed due to death of Mr. Batty, and it was stopped with only 2 power stations, the other being Bassi Power Station. However, the 3rd stage is under construction.

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