The West Bengal government would spend about Rs 1,000 crore to upgrade three units of the Kolaghat Thermal Power Plant, following pollution-related restrictions on them by the National Green Tribunal. KTPP has six units of 210 MW each. "NGT had put restrictions in operating the three units of the Kolaghat thermal power plant for higher pollution.
We are spending Rs 1,000 crore in upgrading and modernising those three units," the state's Power Minister Sovandeb Chattopadhyay said today on the sidelines of a seminar. He said the state was also promoting renewables and several initiatives have been undertaken in this sector, including rooftop solar projects in schools and government buildings. Chattopadhyay, however, alleged that the Centre was not supporting the state government in subsidising large solar power projects. The West Bengal government is planning a second pumped storage power project of 1,000 MW at Purulia, and has sought subsidy from the Centre's Clean Energy Fund.
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