Pre Investment study was initiated by World Bank in response
to a request by Government of India.
assignment involved review of the design and economics of a
series of irrigation based mini hydro schemes in Andhra Pradesh,
Karnataka, Tamilnadu, Kerala and Punjab. Techno economic
concepts were applied to improve the
designs proposed by SEBs, minimize
investment requirements and thereby enhance the economic merits
of the schemes. The scope also included the economic and
financial evaluation of the prospective schemes and development
of a comprehensive pre-investment report.
The results of this
assignment were translated
into a viable and cost effective approach to develop the mini hydro
potential that is associated with India's vast network of surface
irrigation infrastructure and to increase the contribution of such
low cost and environmentally benign schemes to the overall strategy to
reduce power supply deficits and improve service quality in outlying and
rural parts of the grid.
findings and recommendations were
accepted by The Government of India. The World Bank, on the basis of
guidelines recommended by this study, released an amount of USD 142 Million to
Government of India for implementation.