The state’s Kerala State Electricity Board (KSEB) has restored the idea of constructing the run-of-the-river power project that is expected to inundate 4.1ha of area, reported The Hindu.

Given strong opposition from environmentalists the project was abandoned back in 2007, but the utility is planning to restore the project as a compensation for the Silent Valley project that was shelved in the 1980s.

According to KSEB, the project will require 26ha of forestland with entire area is outside the park’s boundary resulting in the generation of substantial clean electricity with very little impact on forestland.

The state of Kerala has a reported 6,000MW hydro-electric potential of which only 2,036MW has been successfully harnessed.