CEA gets 82 hydel project proposals for techno-eco clearance

Mumbai, Dec 29 | Updated: Dec 30 2006, 05:37am hrs
The Central Electricity Authority (CEA) has received 82 hydro-electric (HE) schemes, with a total installed capacity of 30,617.6 mw, for techno-economic clearance/concurrence. This is at a time when the Centre is in the midst of releasing a new hydro policy, offering incentives to the private sector, in order to tap the hydro-power potential in the north-east and the eastern region of the country.

Of 82 schemes, 45 schemes with a total installation capacity of 16,967 mw have already been cleared/concurred by CEA during the Tenth Plan and previous Plans. Of these, two schemes, with an installed capacity of 590 mw, have been commissioned and 22 schemes, with an installed capacity of 8,381 mw, are in the implementation phase. Twenty-one HE schemes, with a total installed capacity of 7,996 mw, cleared/concurred by CEA, are awaiting investment approval by the concerned government or financial closure.

During the current and previous Five Year Plans, 82 hydro electric schemes with an aggregate installed capacity of 30,617.6 mw were received by CEA for techno-economic clearance/concurrence. The total power generation capacity of hydel projects in the country as on October 31 has reached 33,599.77 mw, against the potential of 1,50,000 mw, sources told FE.

According to them, 37 hydro-electric schemes, with an aggregate installed capacity of 13,650.6 mw, were returned to project authorities for resubmission after tying up all inputs/clearances and compliance of comments from CEA, Central Water Commission and Geological Survey of India. The project authorities have not resubmitted these schemes to CEA for further clearance/concurrence.

The Centre has taken a policy decision to give a necessary push to large hydel-power projects. The power ministry has already prepared a note for a Cabinet approval in this regard. The governments move comes at a time when it has awarded letter of intent for the development of two coal-based ultra mega power project at Sasan and Mundra.