The Kerala governments effort to go in for small
hydel power projects is likely to receive a boost with
the United Nations Industrial Development Organisations
(UNIDO) regional centre for small hydro power opening
Power Minister Kadavoor Sivadasan says UNIDOs centre
will assist the state financially and technically to set
up small hydel projects.
centre will also undertake a survey and feasibility study
on small hydel projects in the state, Sivadasan says.
It is estimated that the state has a potential to set
up 400 small hydel projects with a total power generation
capacity of 800-1,000mw.
says UNIDO will provide $1.25 lakh for setting up the
centre in cooperation with Kerala energy management centre.
The centre will be inaugurated by Chief Minister A K Antony.
UNIDO director-general Carlos Magarifios will also attend
to the present power situation in the state, Sivadasan
says water levels in dams are low. But there is
no crisis in the sector due to the additional allotment
of 200mw daily from power trading corporation at a reasonable
State Electricity Board has also started the work of Meenamkutty,
Sabarigiri, Kuttiyadi augumentation and Neriyamangalam
power projects, the works for which were halted during
the previous Left Democratic Front regime.