According to a recent  release (Release no.101304) in press information bureau of India, the Hon’ble minister for new and renewable energy has produced in a written note to Lok Sabha, that financial assistance will be provided to states from GoI to develop more small hydro power projects. MNRE is providing central financial assistance (CFA) to small hydro power projects in both private and public sectors. Through the assistance MNRE also expects states to identify more potential sites.

Vital information pertaining to previous funds was also provided.

MNRE quotes that the total funds released under SHP Programme during 2010-11, 2011-12 and 2012-13 were Rs. 151.99 crores, Rs.154.45 crores and Rs.158.92 crores respectively. 6474 potential SHP sites with an aggregate capacity of 19,749 MW have been identified in the country. So far, 985 small hydro power projects with an aggregate capacity of 3754 MW have been setup and 265 projects aggregating to 945 MW are under implementation in various States.

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