Power driving force for economic growth: Mein

  • NERPC takes vital decisions

TAWANG, June 28: The 24th Technical Coordination Committee (TCC) and 24th NERPC meetings, chaired by Arunachal Pradesh Deputy Chief Minister & NERPC chairman Chowna Mein here on Wednesday, decided that important proposals of 132-kV cross-border transmission line between Lumla/Tawang and upcoming 600-MW Kholungchhu Hydro Electric Project in Bhutan would be taken up with the GoI by Arunachal Pradesh Govt and with the CEA by NERPC in greater interest of Arunachal and Bhutan.

This was one of the major decisions of the meetings, besides stringing of second circuit of 132-kv transmission line between Pasighat & Niglok and Pasighat-Roing-Tezu-Namsai of the existing lines. This vital proposal for capacity augmentation to meet up rapidly growing power demand of industrial zone at Niklok IGC and Namsai SEZ shall be taken up with CMETS, CTU, for urgent system study for execution of the work.

The meetings also resolved: “Handholding requirement of manpower for O&M of the assets being created under system improvement project and comprehensive scheme: It was resolve to take up with GoI for financial support in managing additional manpower requirement as handholding for the initial three-year after commissioning of the asset under the scheme.

While highlighting challenges and opportunities relating to the power sector development in North Eastern region (NER), Mein said that power sector is very importance as one of the core industries contributing to Index of Industrial Production (IIP). Power is not only a raw material for industries but also a basic necessity for general public. Thus, discussions on power sector issues in forums, like NERPC, are vital, he said.

The NER, Arunachal Pradesh in particular, has faced numerous challenges, like poor connectivity with the mainland owing to difficult mountainous terrains and heavy monsoons. These challenges also present opportunities for application of innovative solutions to overcome the obstacles and work for development of the power sector, which can be a driving force for economic growth and social transformation in the region. The NERPC plays a crucial role in addressing these challenges to shape the development process of the NER, he said, adding the Govt of India has extended continuous support for growth of the NER, particularly power sector.

The meeting was attended by Tripura Power Minister Ratan Lal Nath, Arunachal power minister’s advisor Balo Raja, NERPC member-secretary K B Jagtap, TCC chairman-Arunachal DoP CE Ginko Linggi, ERPC member-secretary M S Mondal, officers from central and state Govts, central and state power utilities and delegates from NER. (PRO)

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