The state energy department has revived it policy to have power using tidal wave. A government resolution (GR) has been issued claiming it is “possible to produce tidal wave power at two spots – in the Gulf of Kutch near Mandva, and in the Gulf of Khambhat near Hazira.
GR, significantly, says that at the two spots, respectively, 200 MW and 300 MW of “tidal wave power can be produced”. The decision to drop tidal wave power project was taken in early 2009 after the state government decided to slash down the cost of the Kalpasar project, proposed as a sweet water lake by damming the Gulf of Khambhat. While reviving the project, the GR said, Rs 25 crore have been set aside and handed over to the Gujarat Power Corporation Ltd to begin with the project.
The GR said, “In village Maska in taluka Mandvi, Kutch district, 16 hectares (ha) area has been acquired to kick-start the tidal wave project. The National Institute of Oceanography, Goa, has been asked to carry out marine environment impact assessment for tidal wave power.” Meanwhile, Rs 25 crore have been set aside for soil investigation, topographical survey and geo-technical survey of the sea. Also, studies are being carried out on the type of turbines needed for tidal wave project.
Source: Times of India