Waterbody to anchor power plant
A vast expanse of paddy fields in West Kallada panchayat which turned into a 350-acre waterbody because of illegal sand and clay mining is being put to productive use with a 50-MW solar power plant scheduled to come up there within a year.
The project, initiated by Kodikunnil Suresh, MP, and the West Kallada grama panchayat, will be executed by the public sector National Hydro Power Corporation (NHPC) by investing Rs.600 crore. The location has been handed over to the Kerala State Electricity Board (KSEB) on lease.
Mr. Suresh told the media on Wednesday that the power generated at the plant would be sold to the KSEB and a power purchase agreement between the KSEB and the NHPC would be signed soon. The NHPC had entered into a memorandum of understanding with the State government in 2014 for developing solar power.