Bengal plans second power storage and generation facility

In a bid to manage the State’s widening gap between peak and off-peak electricity demands, the West Bengal Government is planning to set up the second pumped storage generation facility of 1000 MW at the Ayodhya Hills in Purulia district.

Construction of the estimated Rs 2,500-crore project is expected to be taken up by the State electricity distribution utility in 2014.

The State utility currently operates the country’s largest pumped storage facility of 900 MW at the Ayodhya Hills.

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Due to limited industrialisation, demand for power drops significantly in West Bengal during non-peak hours creating serious challenges before the power generation, transportation and distribution system.

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