Foundation stones for solar projects aggregating 25 MW were laid in Andaman & Nicobar. The Union Home Minister Shri Rajnath Singh, laid the foundation stone for the Solar Power Projects of 17 MW capacity at Manglutan and 8 MW capacity at Chidiyatapu, in South Andaman on April 7, 2017, according to a government release.

Mercom previously reported, in October, in two separate tenders, the National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) invited bids to develop an 8 MW grid-connected solar PV project in Chidiyatapu, and a 17 MW grid-connected solar PV project in the village of Manglutan in South Andaman.

The foundation stone has been laid, but the bids are yet to be opened, stated an NTPC official. We have received satisfactory response from bidders and the award of contract will take another one and a half month, added the NTPC official.

These projects are being developed under NTPC’s self-owned projects program.