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August 13, 2014

Power plants worth Rs 1400 crore to come up in Purulia

Power plants worth Rs 1400 crore to come up in Purulia

Two more hydro power generation plants of 1,000 MW each similar to the Purulia Pump Storage Project (PPSP) will come up at Turga and Bondur in Purulia, informed Mr Manish Gupta, the state Power Minister.

Mr Gupta said the existing 900 MW hydro power generation plant PPSP at Baghmundi in Purulia, has been awarded with the IPPAI Power Award in 2014 for best innovation. Hence it has been decided that two more such plants will be set up. The project will come up at a cost of Rs 1,400 crore. He said a 250 MW solar power generation unit will also be set up there. Solar power will be used to fetch the water up from the lower to the upper dam.

The state Power Minister said that serious reforms are needed in the coal sector. By the end of the 12th five year plan around 200 million ton of coal is going to be imported. Coal price is going up, he said. “We also need to stress on the use of the solar power. Steps have been taken to ensure use of solar power in Rajarhat. Subsequent steps will be taken to ensure use of solar power in Howrah as well,” the Minister expressed.

People of the state now can apply online to get an electricity connection. They can even make the payment online. Necessary inspection is required to give power connection and this can be done when our employees visit the applicant's residence or factory to provide power connection. As a result a connection can be given within six working days.

Photo courtesy: A Banerjee