Kalpsar project to commence in 2011
By A Business Correspondent
The Gujarat government has decided to go ahead with the Rs 55,000-crore multi-purpose Kalpsar project as a long-term strategy to tide over the perennial water crisis, generate electricity from tidal waves and create road transport facilities. However, in spite of the government decision, the project would commence only in 1911 and complete by the year 2020. The project, when completed, will have a vast fresh water reservoir with gross storage of 16,791 million cubic metres of water, 64.16 km long road and 35 metre wide dam across the Gulf of Ghambhat, connecting Ghogha in Bhavnagar district in Saurashtra and Hansot in Bharuch district in south Gujarat, reducing the distance between the two centres by about 225 km. It will have a tidal wave power generation house with an installed capacity of 5,880 mw.
According to C.C. Patel, chief coordinator of the project, a pre-feasibility study conducted by a foreign consultant has concluded that the tidal power generation could be supplemented by the creation of a sweet water basin by impounding surplus water of the Narmada, Sabarmati, Dhudhar, Mahi and other rivers. This would provide irrigation, water supply and land reclamation benefits.