CM Pema Khandu along with other dignitaries during the unveiling of the inaugural slab of the project Credit: Eastmojo image

Itanagar: Arunachal Pradesh chief minister Pema Khandu on Friday dedicated the 24MW Dikshi Hydro Electric Project in West Kameng district to the people of the state.

The chief minister formally inaugurated the project by unveiling the inaugural slab and switched on the device at the power house of the project.

On the sidelines of the inauguration, Khandu congratulated Devi Energies Private Limited for completing the project in a record time as the foundation stone for the same was laid by Khandu himself in November 2016.

Arunachal Pradesh chief minister Pema Khandu said that it was a historic event as it was the first successfully developed project by a private developer in the state

The chief minister hailed the completion of project as not only the achievement for the state government but also an achievement for the local community.

“The locals welcomed the project and gave it a community participation which resulted in commissioning of the project in record time. Such support of the locals is need of the hour to make Arunachal a power surplus and power exporting state,” Khandu said.

He also said the inauguration may be a simple function but it is a historic event as the project is the first to be developed successfully by a private developer in the state.

The chief minister further said: “Arunachal is known as power house of the nation and if hydro potential is utilised fully, it could change the economic scenario of the state.”

Khandu also lamented the failure of several private developers in developing the hydro projects with whom Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed way back but there has been no visible development in the projects.

He informed that the state government has already terminated 22 projects for 3,800 MW for its non-performance while 46 more for approximately 8,000 MW have been served notices. Khandu said that these players have lost the confidence of the people.

Further, the chief minister revealed that department review is being conducted in regular intervals and action in being accordingly against the non-performing power developers.

Reiterating his stand that no project would come up without consultation and consent of the locals, Khandu appreciated the nearby villages which whole-heartedly supported the project. He disclosed that the government is exploring more potential HEP in the district and PSUs and serious Individual Private Power Developer (IPPD) like Devi Energies Private Limited would be given priority for executing these projects.

Giving a clarion call to not to fall prey to line light mongers who make issues for their political gain, Khandu said it is time that we change our mindset and think what is good for us. “Clean and green energy can change the economy of the state and the region,” he said.

Speaking on other aspects, the CM informed about the pragmatic industrial policy of the state which supports investors in various sectors. He encouraged the villagers to concentrate on horticulture which has great potential in the region.

“In order to make market links, the government will be developing a mini industrial park in Bhalukpong and a mega food park in Banderdewa,” Khandu informed.

Deputy chief minister Chowna Mein in his speech exuded happiness over the successful completion of the project and said it was historic moment for the state.

Mein said the project is dedicated in service to the state and will contribute to regions growth. “Arunachal Pradesh is the largest state in the region, geographically. However, it has one of the smallest power system in the region. Having said that, I don’t deny the fact that Arunachal Pradesh has its own stride of development in the power sector and its contribution to the regional benefits in its own way and pace”, the DCM said.

He further revealed that the state government is contemplating on concentrating on smaller projects and prefer Public Sector Utilities and serious private power developers like Devi Energy Pvt Ltd limited to take part.

Among others, CMD Dikshi HEP also spoke on the occasion.

MLAs Phurpa Tsering, Jambey Tashi, Dorjee Wangdi, Tsering Tashi and Dongru Siongju, former speaker T N Thongdok and former minister D K Thongdok who is also Director of Devi Energy Private Limited were also present on the occasion.

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