MUMBAI: The BMC’s standing committee on Monday approved a Rs 536 crore hydro and solar power project to generate 100 megawatt power at its Vaitarna dam. Officials said that the plant will help the BMC save at least Rs 24 crore every year on electricity bills. Apart from this,, the BMC also appointed contractors to mitigate 58 flooding spots. Tenders to the tune of Rs 190 crore for flooding spots mitigation contracts were floated.
BMC officials said 20 megawatt will be generated annually from the hydro power plant and 80 megawatt from the floating solar power plant.
Officials said the BMC would be the first civic body in the country in hybrid energy generation. “In terms of units, the two projects will generate about 208 million units per year and save about Rs 24.18 crore a year in electricity costs. The construction is likely to be completed in a couple of years. The power will be supplied to state-run power agencies. In lieu of that, the BMC will get an adjustment in the electricity bills it has to pay,” an official said.

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