“We are a power surplus state now. We are ready with the infrastructure of zero power cuts during Durga Puja. There should not be any problem,” Chatterjee said at the sideline of a programme at Salt Lake’s AE Block (Part II).
It is for the first time that West Bengal has recorded surplus power. West Bengal State Electricity Distribution Company Limited (WBSEDCL) has surplus power, measuring around 1,000 mega watt, informed the minister.
The minister also added that the state can sell the power to other states and distribute the power
to national power grid (Power Grid Corporation of India Limited). The state produces around 30,000 million units. The state either banks the surplus power outside or sells it to power exchanges.
The minister said that the state government will build a 1000 mega watt Turga Pumped Storage
project in Purulia. The estimated cost of the project is Rs 5,200 crores.
The government has also been developing a power bank. With the addition of new power units the total power generation in Bengal will get a boost and the state will be able to supply surplus power to other states.
The minister also talked about the Aloshree project under which all the public buildings across the state will have grid connected rooftop solar photo-voltaic system. The state government has come up with this decision to promote solar roof top panels. The target is to cover all such public buildings by the end of 2017.
“Aloshree is a great idea of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. The State government will declare the new solar policy and roof top solar policy soon. The state government would be providing subsidies to 1,000 schools if they set up roof top solar power generation units,” said the minister, who was the chief guest of the programme, where he inaugurated a solar panel on the roof of the community centre of AE Block (Part II).