Central Electricity Authority (CEA) has given conditional clearance to the Rs 4,500-crore 1,000 mw Turga Pump Storage Hydel Power Project in West Bengals Purulia district.”We have cleared the project and it is now pending environmental clearance,” CEA Chairman S D Dubey said here today.
“We want more such projects in the country for better grid stability,” he said on the sidelines of CII organised Energy Conclave.State Power Minister Shobandeb Chatterjee said the formal letter has not arrived.The approval is conditional for want of some more land which will be sorted out in due course, government official said.
The state was planning to feed the pump storage hydel project with 1,200 mw solar power. Initially, both solar and the power plant was integrated but due to certain reservations on funding they were segregated.Bengal government was seeking grant from clean energy fund to part finance the project for the 1,200 mw solar plant.
Chatterjee said state has sought relaxation in 25 mw restriction of solar power project to get access to the fund.Meanwhile, West Bengal government was planning to introduce a new solar policy soon encourage solar investment in the state.