Civic body’s solar power project hits hurdle
NAVI MUMBAI: The Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation (NMMC) solar power plant at Morbe dam has hit a hurdle. As per the information, the Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Co. Ltd has rejected the power purchase agreement.
MSEDCL had given permission for constructing the 5.5-km transmission line which was about to span from Morbe dam to Bokarpada. The transmission line falls under some part of the forest area and railway line for which the NMMC got approval. The corporation also got an approval from Dam Safety Organisation based in Nashik.
“We got all the approvals. However, the MSEDCL said that they had funds crunch and could not purchase,” said an official from the electrical department of NMMC.
The project was supposed to be built at a cost of Rs150 crore and was expected to generate 20 mega-watt of energy.
The Centre had also directed all electricity boards that 6 per cent of the power generated in states should be through nonconventional sources.
Of this, 3 per cent power must be generated from solar energy. The said project was supposed to be carried out on area of 125 acres near Morbe dam situated near Dhavari river 40 kms away from Navi Mumbai.