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Indian state of Odisha to accelerate development of small hydro projects

CTBR Staff Writer Published 22 February 2013

Indian state of Odisha is planning to establish a dedicated public sector company - Green Energy Development Corporation – for the development of small hydro projects in the state.

Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik was quoted by The Times of India as saying that they have developed a number of hydro power projects in the state with an installed capacity of approximately 2,100MW.

"Of late, the ratio of hydro power in the mix of power is reducing because the demand for power is ever increasing and development of hydro power resources has not been possible to the desirable extent," said Patnaik.

The state government is planning to handle projects with lesser capacity, that allows for lower displacement and submergence of forest and habitations.

"We have identified such projects and started working on them. There is huge potentiality for developing small hydro electric projects as run off the river projects in several locations of the state.

"Development of such hydro power sources does not involve much of submergence and displacement. Besides, these projects can harness power within a period of 18-30 months," the chief minister pointed out.