Guwahati: Union power minister Rajkumar Singh on Tuesday assured Centre’s support and assistance to all the state governments for creating power infrastructure in the Northeast region. The minister was in Guwahati to attend a review meeting of the power sector in the region.
In the presence of senior officers of power ministry and the representatives of the distribution companies (DISCOMS) the meeting stressed on the Northeastern region’s huge hydro power potential and how the state governments have a major role in hydro-projects by facilitating land acquisition and implementing the resettlement and rehabilitation plans.
He assured full support for development of hydro-power in the region and called upon all stakeholders to work in close coordination so as to optimally harness the hydro potential.
Addressing the gathering the minister said, “Development of Northeastern India is on high priority of the union government and a well-developed power sector is prerequisite to the economic development in these states.”
Incidentally, new projects worth Rs 1,797.43 crore have been sanctioned under the Integrated Power Development Scheme (IPDS) for the region.
During the meeting, the Singh reviewed various power sector schemes and projects under implementation in the region, such as, Integrated Power Development Scheme (IPDS), Deen Dayal Upadhyay Gram Jyoti Yojana (DDUGJY), Pradhan Mantri Sahaj Bijli Har Ghar Yojana (Saubhagya) and R-APDRP.
Besides, the occasion was also an opportunity for a power purchase agreement which was signed between the government of Arunachal Pradesh and NHPC Limited for supply of power from 2,000 MW Subansiri Lower Hydroelectric Project.
Meanwhile, the Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti (KMSS), a peasant rights’ organisation led by Akhil Gogoi opposed the construction of the 2,000 MW Lower Subansiri hydroelectric power project at Gerukamukh, located along the Assam-Arunachal Pradesh border by staging a protest outside the meeting venue at Vivanta Taj, in Guwahati.