Four dams to get solar power generation plants across Maharashtra

Published: Jun 25, 2019, 19:15 IST | mid-day online desk

Mahajan stated that the backwaters of Wardha, Bebala, Khadakpurna, and Pentakli dams have been selected for setting up the floating solar panels as per the Swiss Challenge method

Four dams to get solar power generation plants across Maharashtra
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On Monday, state Water Resources Minister Girish Mahajan told the Legislative Council that Maharashtra is all set to floating solar power generation plants in four dams across the state. In a written reply to a question raised by NCP MLC Hemant Takle, Mahajan stated that the backwaters of Wardha, Bebala, Khadakpurna, and Pentakli dams have been selected for setting up the floating solar panels as per the Swiss Challenge method.

Mahajan said that the estimated investment per megawatt is Rs 4.45 crore, with a total installed capacity of 500 MW. A committee headed by the executive director of the Vidarbha Irrigation Development Corporation (VIDC) is currently scrutinising the detailed project report and drafting the tenders.

The work to set up the plants is under progress as permitted under the Maharashtra Infrastructure Development
Enabling Authority Act, he added.

On the other hand, in what can be stated as good news for Mumbaikars, the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has declared the onset of monsoons over Mumbai today covering entire Maharashtra. It is time to be prepared for Mumbai rains as the monsoons have entered the city.

As per earlier forecast by the IMD, the onset of monsoons was expected within 48 hours from Sunday. On Tuesday, the IMD had declared the monsoon onset over Mumbai. Director of IMD Mumbai Krishnanand Hosalikar, tweeted, "Monsoon onset declared in Mumbai today covering entire Maharashtra." Read the full story here.

With inputs from PTI

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