Be power self-sufficient by 2024: DyCM

ITANAGAR, June 11: Deputy Chief Minister Chowna Mein called upon hydropower department official to work hard to meet domestic power requirement within three years and set 2024 at target for self-sufficiency.

Addressing a review meeting of hydropower department and Arunachal Pradesh Energy Development Agency (APEDA), he was surprised to learn that the state huge hydropower potential to generate 40% power requirements of the nation, but still only producing 1% of its potential.

He suggested 100% reduction of expenditure on power purchase by end of three years to consider supplying surplus power to rest of the nation. The GoAP is ready to provide necessary fund for repair & maintenance of defunct hydropower stations but revenue should be generated from those stations, he said.

Highlighting overview of the department, hydropower CE (P&D) P Tupe said of the 126 hydel power stations of the department, only 70 operational with 65 MW capacity are generating 10 MW yearly to earn Rs 35 crore  revenue. He assured  to meet state’s domestic consumption requirement within three years with a target to generate 195 MW power through small hydro electric projects of 25 MW capacity.

CEs (eastern & western zones, mechanical and, Hydro-Power Development Corporation Arunachal Pradesh Limited (HPDCAPL) GM presented pictures of their jurisdiction. APEDA director M Loya highlighted proposed policy for micro & mini hydro power projects with objective to involve panchayat and NGOs in harnessing renewable energy sources.  HPDCAPL chairman Tungri Effa and power, DHPD & non-conventional energy commissioner G S Meena also spoke. (PRO)

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