India is preparing to embark on a massive $1.4 billion mega-electricity project to connect India’s northern and southern states with one another, but it has also raised questions over whether the project will be built to the same standards as the country’s other mega-projects.
On Thursday, India’s central power regulator said the Powel Power Station (PPS) project would be subject to a review of its environmental impact assessment (EIA) for a number of reasons including the “complex nature” of the project, according to the Times of India.
India’s Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (CERC) said in a press release on Thursday that the commission has asked Powell to submit a report on the “environmental impact assessment” of PPS, and will take up the matter in the coming weeks.
“As per the EIA, the project has been designed in such a manner that it will not be suitable for building,” the CERC said in its press release.
“This is not an isolated incident and is a clear signal that the project may be deficient and need to be reviewed.
“The Commission has also asked for the public comment period on the EIAS.”
The CERC also noted that the “project is in the planning stage” and that it is “looking forward to working with the government and stakeholders to ensure the PPS project is implemented to its full potential and in a safe and responsible manner.””
The CEIRC has asked for public comment on the PSS EIA and the environmental impact review process in the next two weeks,” the statement continued.
The CECR also said that “the project was conceived and designed by a consortium of firms.”
Powell Power Power Station is the biggest power project ever built in India.
Its construction is due to start next year.
The CEFC has previously noted that it was concerned about the impact of the power station on the environment, and noted that there were “no assurances of adequate mitigation measures.”
The company has been given a green light to proceed with construction of PSP, and the EAC will make its recommendations about whether the plant should be built.