Mein pushes for hydropower dev during meet with PSUs head

  • Projects to help state add 32,415 MW of green power

NEW DELHI, Dec 29: Deputy Chief Minister Chowna Mein Wednesday convened a meeting with chief managing directors (CMDs) of various power developers in New Delhi and sought time-bound implementation of power projects in the state is ensured.

The CMDs of four central public sector undertakings (CPSUs) – NHPC, SJVNL, THDC and NEEPCO – attended the meeting.

The Central and state governments recently shortlisted a few power projects from the available sites in the state to be developed by central public sector undertakings (CPSUs) to give the required impetus for the development of the hydropower sector in Arunachal, official sources said here.

Once the shortlisted projects are developed, Arunachal Pradesh would be adding 32,415 megawatts of ‘green power’ to the national grid, they said.

Mein asked the CMDs to ensure the involvement of local people, wherever possible so that the benefits of development also flow down to the common public of the state.

The CMDs assured the deputy chief minister that all required steps would be taken.

To begin with, all CPSUs said they would post their nodal officer in Arunachal Pradesh if they don’t have any presence in the state yet.

Mein also directed state officials to facilitate the CPSUs during the process and provide the required support.

After having the commitment from the CMDs, Mein later in the day met Union Minister of Power RK Singh and briefed him about the development in the power and hydropower sector in the state.

Mein, who also hold the power and hydropower portfolios, informed the union minister that Arunachal Pradesh can contribute significantly to the Prime Minister’s commitment made at the Glasgow COP meeting by developing the hydropower sector.

He added that the state is consciously working with the CPSUs to harness this potential.

Appreciating the action of the Centre for taking the initiative to involve CPSUs in the development of hydropower projects in Arunachal Pradesh, the deputy chief minister thanked the union minister on behalf of the people of the state.

The issues of development of small and micro hydropower projects in remote border areas, MNREs support for the development of small and mini-hydro projects, revamping required in distribution and transmission system in the state to reduce the aggregate transmission and commercial (AT&C) losses and to provide reliable power to consumers were also discussed at length, the sources informed.

Mein requested the minister for early release of the sanctioned amount due for the state in respect of RGGVY, DDUGJY, IPDS and Saubhagya too.

The issues of connecting local youth in the development process by creating job opportunities and business opportunities were also discussed.

The union minister had been very receptive to all the issues raised and expressed full support from the Centre.

Expressing his concern, the minister stressed the need of reducing AT&C losses in the power sector of the state. In this regard, Mein assured him to take all necessary steps in the state.

The minister directed his officials to be responsive so that the remote state and its common public can be made prosperous.

Singh also assured full support of the Centre to develop the power and hydropower sectors of the state.

Advisor to state government H K Paliwal, Commissioner Hydro Power Prashant Lokhande and RK Joshi CE (Monitoring) also accompanied the deputy chief minister during the meetings, the sources added. (PRO)

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