A. B. Agrawal
||Er. Ashok Thapar
A. B. Agrawal,
Executive Director, NHPC Ltd., has joined as Chairman, Bhakra Beas Management
Board on 19th March,2010. Sh. Agrawal is 'First Class First' Mechanical Engineering
graduate and an MBA in Finance. He is a very versatile hydropower professional
with multi-disciplinary experience of over 31 years in NHPC Ltd. , a most
reputed Central Public Sector Organization of India in the field of hydropower
development having capabilities from concept to commissioning of the projects
and Operation & Maintenance of Power Stations. While heading the
2000MW Subansiri Lower H.E. Project, which is also the biggest hydro power
project under construction in the country, he has helped to set new standards of
hydropower construction through his dynamism, social networking and leadership
capabilities . As In-charge of O&M of 690 MW Salal Power Station of
J&K, the biggest Power Station of NHPC which is the most silt-plagued
plant in the country in operation, his innovative and cost–effective
initiatives were instrumental in ensuring that it became the most economically
operated Hydro Power Station in terms of O&M cost per MW
among all the Central Sector Power Stations in his time. His performance
in the trouble-torn 105 MW Loktak Power Station (Manipur) and 390 MW Dulhasti
Power Station (J&K), have also been truly remarkable. He is also having a
vast pool of experience in all allied functions of hydropower development like
Commercial, Contracts, Quality Assurance & Inspection, Research &
Development, Construction Equipment Planning. His last assignment included many
challenges for him as he headed Human Resource Management, Corporate
Communication, Medical Services, Rajbhasha and Estate & Facility
Management Services etc. During his tenure, due to well organized publicity
campaign, the IPO of NHPC was oversubscribed by 24 times.
Er. Ashok Thapar, has been
appointed as Member (Power) in BBMB by Govt. of
India. He joined his new assignment on 21.2.2011. Sh.
Thapar holds a Bachelors’ degree in Electronics
& Communication Engineering and has to his
credit 34 years extensive hands-on experience in
middle to senior level management cadre in various
aspects of Power Sector viz. planning, design,
erection, testing, commissioning, operation and
maintenance of large fossil fired Thermal Power
Projects of Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB now
Punjab State Power Corporation Limited) and medium
to large Hydro Power Projects of Bhakra Beas
Management Board (BBMB).
Prior to his new
assignment , Er. Thapar is working as Chief
Engineer/ Generation in Bhakra Beas Management Board
since 10th June, 2010 and was entrusted with the
management of all the hydroelectric generation
installations of BBMB. BBMB generates around 2865 MW
from 28 Hydro Power Stations at Bhakra (Left &
Right bank), Ganguwal, Kotla, Dehar and Pong Power
houses. The BBMB installations are the back bone of
the Northern Grid and provide scarce peaking power
to Northern Grid apart from providing additional
power during contingencies.
1. CAREER ACCOMPLISHMENTS (HYDRO EXPERIENCE WITH
BBMB); SEPT. 1995 TILL DATE; 14.60 YEARS &
There are number of FIRSTS as well success stories
during the progress of the career, a few of which
are enlisted below:-
A. Director Security: As Director Security, Er.
Thapar handled the threat perception (as projected
by premier intelligence agencies of the country) to
thwart the perceived threats in close consultation
with and direction of the Central/ State
administrative and intelligence authorities. The
Board in its 201st meeting appreciated the efforts
made in strengthening the security measures at
Er. Thapar devised a transparent mechanism for
finalizing the requirements and its technical
specifications (before procurement) by all the
stakeholders’ viz. Intelligence Bureau (IB), HP
& Punjab Police departments, CISF besides BBMB.
It is pertinent to mention that all the stakeholders
have lauded this approach.
B. Director Consultancy: Er. Thapar has been
instrumental in establishing the Consultancy
Services of BBMB from its inception and has been
nurturing it thereafter. Consultancy is now an
additional function of BBMB as accorded by Ministry
of Power, GOI after seeking concurrence from the
partner States of BBMB. He has been a part and
parcel of the same in various capacities. Some of
the important works undertaken are as under:
• Cost effective development of 66 KV Sub-Stations
on turnkey basis at Sector 56 & Sector 12,
Chandigarh on behalf of UT Chandigarh Administration
• Expert services for Thermo vision Scanning and
Hotline Maintenance of Power Utilities of Haryana
• Hydrostatic Stretch Test of Hydrogen Gas
Cylinders for PSEB through Nangal Mechanical
• Development of Detailed Project Reports of new
projects in the BBMB for tapping hydro potential of
around 150 MW available within the system.
• Implementing ISO 9001 & 14001 (Quality and
Environment Management Systems) in BBMB.
• Consultancy regarding Renovation, Modernization
and Uprating of Gandhi Sagar Hydroelectric Project
for assessing the scope of RLA of their five
• Consultancy to UJVNL and TNEB for their hydro
• Endeavors in Promoting New Concepts and
o Clean Development Mechanism: Finalized the
initiatives of BBMB for the Carbon Trading under the
Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) through sale of
Certified Emission Reduction (CERs) generated on
account of the improved efficiency of new machines
of the Bhakra Left Bank Project. World Bank has
agreed to buy them @ €12 / CER with all
expenditure upto registration to be borne by them.
With this BBMB would be the first Public Sector
organization for achieving this milestone for such
type of methodology. Er. Thapar is further promoting
this concept to other Power Utilities of the Country
o Instrumental in preparing the road map for
replacements and future procurement of protective
gear through uniform standard IEC 61850. Introduced
State-of-the-art digital protective equipment,
instrumentation and diagnostic tools for condition
monitoring in the system.
o Promoted and implemented the concept of
‘Technical Audit’ in BBMB Power Houses for
improving the quality of operation & maintenance
techniques. This concept is now being promoted at
National Level through Central Board of Irrigation
and Power (CBIP).
C. Director Human Resource Development:
• Acted as a mentor to around 13,000 engineers
& employees belonging to BBMB and its partner
• Instrumental in promoting the training Institute
at Nangal and successfully running training courses
since August, 2005 under Distributed Reforms
Upgrades & Management (DRUM) program for
engineers & technicians of Power Utilities
sponsored by Ministry of Power to promote power
, Haryana, Rajasthan, Himachal Pradesh, Madhya
Pradesh have been the beneficiary states.
• Organized specialized short term hydro trainings
to personnel of Uttranchal Jal Vidhyut Nigam and
• Initiated Energy conservation awareness
programme for Staff and their families under
National Campaign on Energy Conservation. He has
been the nodal officer for handling the painting
competition of children from the States of Punjab,
Haryana and U.T. Chandigarh.
D. Planning & Design:
• Established the Controls, Instrumentation and
Protection design and procurement cell especially
created for R,M&U program of BBMB.
• Successfully carried out the in-house
water/power regulation study. This triggered the R,M&U
of Bhakra Left Bank Power House thereby enhancing
its capacity from 5 x108 MW to 5 x126 MW.
• Introduced computerization and office automation
for improving the efficiency of day to day office
Career Accomplishments (Thermal Sector): December
1976 to September 1995; 15.41 Years
Er. Thapar joined Punjab State Electricity Board in
the 1977 and was entrusted challenging assignments
in Controls & Instrumentation (C&I)
division. He has been responsible for erection,
testing, commissioning and maintenance of both
conventional type & Distributed Data Control
type of Controls, Instrumentation & Protection
equipment at 4 x 110 MW (unit 3 & 4) at GNDTP,
Bathinda and 6 x 210 MW at GGSSTP at Ropar. Handled
the most sophisticated State-of-the-art equipment
from Siemens, KWU, Hartmann & Braun – West
Germany, Westinghouse Electric Corporation-
and Instrumentation Ltd., BHEL- India. He was an
important part of the team in establishing the
national records of erection and commissioning of
units at thermal project at Ropar.
Er. Thapar Indigenously developed and improvised
conventional and microprocessor based
Instrumentation equipment as import substitution
(which was the need of the hour at that time).
Career Accomplishments (General):
Er. Thapar has participated jointly with CEA, NHPC
and SJVNL to address the issues impeding the smooth
running of Nathpa Jhakri Power House project and
offer recommendations /solutions thereof. Since
then, the project has been performing very well. He
has been awarded Citations and Letters of
Appreciation for meritorious services. Er Thapar has
undergone the following specialized Trainings and
Study Tours abroad:
• Westinghouse Electric Corporation –
on their WDPF range of specialized Controls,
Instrumentation and Protection equipment.
• Siemens- West Germany in their specialized
products for large Turbines and Generators.
• Hartmann & Braun-
in their specialized products for large fossil fired
• KWU- West Germany in their specialized products
for large Turbines and Generators.
• Study Tour to Australia & New Zealand
regarding Hydrology Project.
• CIGRE session in
in the year 2003.
56 years old (Date of Birth: 8th Sept. 1954),
married, having three children, healthy and
energetic, having keen interest and awareness in
emerging technologies, interested in sports, music,
reading and social work.
took over as Member (Irrigation) BBMB on 26.08.2011. Born on Ist May 1956, Er.
Aggarwal did his B.Sc Engineering in Civil with Honours in 1978 from
joined Haryana Irrigation Department on 27.12.1978 as AE (Civil) and appointed
by HPSC as AEE (Civil) on 11.9.1980 in HSE-I services. Er Aggarwal worked as Sub
Divisional Officer (in AEE rank) in construction of Hydraulic Structures and
other appurtenant Civil works for 6 years. He was promoted as Executive Engineer
and worked in Running Canal Administration and efficiently handled regulation
work, cases under Haryana Canal & Drainage Act and construction and O&M
of hydraulic & other civil structures including regulators, drainage works,
channels & bridges apart from canal lining. He also worked as Executive
Engineer for twenty years in lift & gravity command
Aggarwal worked as Superintending Engineer in
commands as supervisory officer for controlling O&M and regulation aspects
i/c Pump Houses for 3 years.
Aggarwal worked as Chief Engineer in charge of Water Service Units from August
2008. He also worked as Chief Engineer, Bhakra Areas for 15 months and for
Yamuna Area for 18 months and kept deployed on major regulating & Interstate
issues pertaining to Bhakra & Yamuna commands. He has handled sensitive
issues of Haryana pertaining to water sector in various interstate meetings with
Govt. of India. Also participated in various deliberations of Yamuna and Ghaggar
river standing committees of Central Water Commission, Govt. of
. He had drafted Haryana State Irrigation Gazette tracing past history of
evolution of today's Irrigation Deptt.
|Financal Adviser & C.A.O
Bharat Bhushan, IES took over as Financial
Adviser & Chief Accounts Officer of Bhakra
Beas Management Board on 27th November, 2012.
Before this, he was working as Director
(Finance) in Haryana Vidyut Parsaran Nigam
Limited at Panchkula.
Shri Bharat Bhushan did his graduation in
Commerce in 1985 from
, Jalandhar and Post-graduation in 1987 from
. He did Post-Graduate Programme in Public
Policy and Management from Indian Institute of
Management, Banglore during 2007-09. He belongs
to 1993 Batch of 'Indian Economic Services'.
Shri Bharat Bhushan worked in different offices
in different capacities. With his experienced
working style and friendly attitude. Shri
Bhushan made an impressive image. Shri Bhushan
joined different training programmes in
as well as abroad.
Ashok Gupta took over as Secretary, BBMB on
on 2.2.1958, he passed B.Sc. Engg. (Civil) with
Honours in the year 1979 and post graduated in M.Sc.
Engg. (Irrigation and Hydraulics) in the year 1982
, Chandgiarh. Er.
Gupta has rich hands on experience on diverse
assignments since his joining Haryana Irrigation
Department on 1.1.1980.
In Haryana Irrigation, he had comprehensive
exposure to the whole gamut of irrigation structures
in respect of their design, construction, operation
He also has a experience in running and
operation of and canals and downstream distribution
of precious irrigation and drinking water.
His practical grass root experience came
handy while dealing with interstate water regulation
issues at the Corporate Office since joining BBMB in
the year 1992. During
his ongoing stint with BBMB, Er. Gupta has
successfully handled very intricate and sensitive
issues of water allocation, reservoir management and
flood routing etc., besides the administrative
functions of executive grooming and placement and
providing infrastructural and technical support to
the Corporate Office and top BBMB management.
Singh Jalta has joined as Special Secretary in BBMB
on 02.04.2012. He has done B.E. (Electrical) from
and M.E. from IIT,
. During his last 25 years of service in power sector,
he has served in number of organizations like NTPC,
HPSEB, CEA, SJVNL and HPERC in various capacities. He
has rich experience in Generation, Transmission and
Regulatory affairs of the power utilities. Prior to the
present posting, he was working as Executive Director in
HP Electricity Regulatory Commission handling various
regulatory matters in generation, transmission and
distribution. As Special Secretary of the Board, he is
currently assisting Chairman, BBMB for looking after the
work of Power Wing and policy guidelines relating to
establishment & works. He is also carrying out the
responsibilities of Chief Vigilance Officer of BBMB.