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Construction of new micro hydro project begins in India's Kerala state

Adyanpara Waterfalls

A new micro hydro project in India's Kerala state should help decrease power shortages in Malappuram once commissioned in 2015, Kerala Minister for Electricity and Transport Aryadan Muhammed said.

Speaking at a recent ceremony marking the laying of the small hydroelectric project's foundation stone this past week, Muhammed said the 3.5-MW Adyanpara plant will be complete in 18 months.

The US$5 million project, which is being developed by a joint consortium that includes Kirloskar Brothers Limited and Aryacon Constructions, will include three 1.5 MW small turbine units, a 5.5-meter by 57.5-meter check dam and a 975-meter long tunnel.

Power will only be generated at the Adyanpara plant during Kerala's rainy season, with the water used being cycled into the Adyanpara waterfalls on the Chaliyar River.

Kerala is located along India's southern tip, with the western side of the state bordering the Arabian Sea.

Also in India, HydroWorld.com reported earlier this month that West Bengal has announced a plan to increase its hydroelectric capacity by 1,080 MW, and a 300 MW project along north India's Tolung Chu River recently received a $19 million investment.

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