The power plant production at the state-owned apex power project in West Bengal, which has been at the centre of a row over the safety of its work, has hit a record level of 7.19 crore units, according to the state energy department.
This is the second highest figure for the project, which is being built at the height of the monsoon and is a key component of the state’s energy portfolio.
In April, West Bengal’s Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had announced that the plant would produce 1.5 million units, but it is now expected to produce 1 billion units.
The state government has estimated that it will produce 6.2 billion units of power.
The government has also proposed to build the power plant at the site of the old Tuticorin power plant in Surat, near Kolkata.
In February, the state government had announced it was scrapping the proposal to build at Tuticori a 2,500 MW plant to make up for the loss of the power project from the Tuticoria dam project.
This decision came amid the ongoing protests over the Tutari-Tuticori dam project, where more than 2,000 people were killed by heavy rains in the state.