35 hydro power projects awaiting concurrence by CEA: Govt

Union Power Minister, Piyush Goyal
Of the 50 proposals received from various states for setting up hydro power projects, 35 are awaiting the Central Electricity Authority (CEA) concurrence or appraisal, the Lok Sabha was informed by the Union Power Minister Piyush Goyal on Thursday.

The minister further said that 15 hydro electric projects (HEPs) have been concurred by the CEA.

"As per Section 7 of the Electricity Act 2003, any generating company may establish, operate and maintain a generating station without obtaining a license/permission under this Act, if it complies with the technical standards relating to connectivity with the grid," the minster informed.

Accordingly, sanction of the government is not required for setting up of thermal power projects. However, for setting up of HEPs, the detailed project reports are required to be submitted for concurrence of the CEA, he said.

The proposed hydro capacity addition during the 12th Plan period is 10,897 MW.

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