Arunachal Pradesh deputy CM Chowna Mein (File photo) Credit: File image

Arunachal Pradesh Deputy Chief Minister Chowna Mein, also in charge of Power and Hydropower Development, said efforts are on to enhance internal revenue by harnessing the state’s hydropower, among other resources.

He said this in a meeting with V.K. Singh, the Chief Managing Director and North Eastern Electric Power Corporation Limited (NEEPCO).

They discussed the joint venture agreement with Hydro-Power Development Corporation of Arunachal Pradesh Limited (HPDCAPL) for the 3,750 MW Siang Upper, the 330 MW Kurung and the 90 MW New Meling hydroelectric projects in the state via video conferencing on Monday.

Mein said Arunachal Pradesh has more than one-third of India’s hydropower potential, but 98% of it remains untapped due to various reasons. Ruing the state’s dependence on the Centre for 90% of its budget requirement, he underlined the need for harnessing the internal revenue-earning sources.

Hydropower can be the main source of earning, he said.

The Deputy CM said with the constant support from the Centre, the state government is planning to develop big and small hydroelectric projects. Efforts are also on to revamp the development of the Dibang Multipurpose Project and Lower Demwe Project.

He further said the previous governments in the state had allotted 168 projects to the private power developers and PSUs aggregating to nearly 46,000 MW. But many of these were terminated for failing to take off.

“The state has started allocating such terminated projects to CPSUs and it has been decided to allot two projects – the 120 MW Nafra and the 90 MW New Meling – to the NEEPCO,” Mein said.

Citing NEEPCO as a partner in the hydropower development of the state, the DCM urged the PSU power developer to start the work on Nafra and New Meling, the Kameng Basin projects as early as possible. He also urged them to sort out the impediment in the implementation of the Kurung HEP by sitting across the table. The MOA for the project was signed in 2015.

Advisor to the Minister (Power), Balo Raja assured the NEEPCO head of looking into the security of NEEPCO officials and any kind of local issues in connection with the implementation of the Kurung project and sought early commencement of the project.

The meeting also discussed the 1,800 MW Kamala HEP in the Kamle district being implemented by Jindal Power Limited. The project started in 2012 lapsed after 12 years of signing the MOU.

In the meeting, HPDCAPL Chairman cum Managing Director Toko Onuj was asked to act as the nodal officer for liaising with Jindal Power Ltd, SJVN and NEEPCO on Kamala, Kurung, New Meling and Etalin HEPs for acquisition and merger, equity participation, etc.

The meeting was also attended by Kamle MLA Tarin Dakpe, advisor to the state government H.K. Paliwal, Commissioner (Power) Prashant Lokhande and CE of Hydro-Power Development (Monitoring) R.K. Joshi, among others.

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