2,500 MW hydro projects get forest clearance

India’s hopes of tapping its hydro power potential has received a boost from the Forest Advisory Committee, which has granted clearance to projects worth 2,500 mega watts (MW) across various States.

The projects that have received approval from the Committee, under the Ministry of Environment and Forest, include the 800-MW Tawang-II hydroelectric project in Arunachal Pradesh, the 520-MW Teesta-IV project in Sikkim, to be executed by NHPC Ltd and Luhri project (775 MW) in Himachal Pradesh to be executed by Satluj Jal Vidyut Nigam Ltd.

The National Board for Wild Life has also accorded wildlife clearance to Vishnugad Pipalkoti hydroelectric project (444 MW) in Uttarakhand to be executed by THDC India Ltd.

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