Compared to the other
three states in the south of India, irrigation
dam and canal systems in Kerala are not as
extensive. The main prospects for irrigation based mini-hydro development
are associated with the numerous diversion weirs and barrages
that have been installed for irrigation and water supply purposes.
The Kerala State Electricity Board (KSEB) has completed
feasibility studies on the most promising prospects, including
those associated with the Peechi Irrigation Dam, the Maniyar
Barrage of the Pamba Irrigation project, the tailrace
of the Kuttiyadi Dam which discharges water into the Peuvannunmuzhy
Irrigation Reservoir, and the Mangalam dam.
SECSD reviewed proposals on
the above schemes which would yield about 115 GWh annually. Modifications
in the planning were suggested to make the schemes cost
effective such as for example the Kutiyadi