Goyal reviews power scenario

*CMs assure to fast track 2000-mw LSP

LSP daily loss Rs 10 cr

The 2000-MW project in Subansiri River, at Gerukamukh on the Assam-Arunachal border, largest in India being executed by the NHPC, run into rough weather after the work came to a halt in December, 2011 due to anti-dam activists of Assam.  It has been incurring a daily loss of Rs 10 crore.

“NHPC has taken into account all safety parameters. We are well aware of the fact NE India is seismic Zone V. NHPC has the facility of monitoring all seismic activities on a real-time basis. Around 60% of works is complete since its beginning in  2005 with 2014 as operation target, its CMD K M Singh had recently said.

The initial project cost of Rs 6,285.33 crore has increased three times since. NHPC has invested close to Rs 8,000 crore in the project. The revised cost estimate stands at Rs 17,000 crore, Singh had added.  (AOND)

NEW DELHI | Apr 24 | The execution of 2000-mw Lower Subansiri Project (LSP)  stuck for a long time should be resumed immediately to meet huge expectations of the people, Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu today said.

Khandu along with his Assam counterpart Sarbananda Sonwal was taking part in a meeting chaired by  Union Power Minister Piyush Goyal to review issues relating to power/hydropower development  here.

Project completion would fulfill the hydro dream of the state, Khandu said  reiterating his stand over commissioning of the project. However, Khandu and Sonwal assured Goyal resumption of work without further delay that.

When Khandu stressed on fast tracking of 132 KV transmission lines of Khuppi-Bomdila-Tawang and Bomdila-Kalaktang, Goyal directed Power Grid Corporation of India Ltd (PGCIL)  CMD to start  work within  next few months.

On his plea for providing employment to local youths in NEEPCO executed  hydropower project, Goyal directed NEEPCO CMD to visit Arunachal to discuss the issue with the CM.

On setting  up of a centre of hydropower excellence to improve local engineering capabilities for project preparation, the minister agreed to support it and house in NERIST. Goyal  stressed the need for 100% consumer metering to check  losses and offered financial help.

Informing that 600-MW Kameng and 110-MW Pare hydropower projects are scheduled to be commissioned this year after much delay, Khandu urged Goyal to advise NEEPCO to complete those two projects this year without further delay. Kameng project reportedly has been projected for completion in January 2018 and Pare by Dec 2017. “NEEPCO authorities are indicating slippage of timelines again by a few months”, Khandu said while asking Goyal to issue a firm direction to CPSU to respect the deadline.

Requesting the ministry to expedite proposals worth Rs 83.32 crore which have been submitted for gap funding of incomplete projects under PM package in border villages for around 30-MW capacity and proposals worth Rs 580.89 crore submitted to MoNRE for 64 micro mini and small hydro projects with a capacity of 27.7 MW, Khandu justified that these proposals are meant for border villages illumination and should be accorded priority.

State Assembly Speaker T N Thongdok and power commissioner Ashish Kundra accompanied the CM.  (PRO)

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