Sunderbansto have country's first tidal power plant
west Bengal's 100-mega watt (mw) tidal power project, thefirst of its kind in the country, received clearance from the Union ministry of environment and forests in the last week of April. The West Bengal Renewable Energy Development Agency (wbreda) willimplement this Rs 40-crore pilot project in the Sunderbans area.
"This eco-friendly project will electrify severalSunderbans villages, benefiting about 200,000 people in thearea," says wbreda managing directorS P Gon Chaudhuri. Work on the project is slated to start later thisyear and will take three years to complete. Since the project will serve as a model for bigger plants in the country,the Union ministry of non-conventional energy will bear 90per cent of the cost, Chaudhuri said. Therest of the cost will be covered by thestate government.
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