GoAP inks MoA with THDCIL to build Kalai-II HEP in Lohit River Basin

ITANAGAR, Dec 30: Continuing its commitment to secure energy security of the country through clean and green energy, the GoAP signed a memorandum of agreement (MoA) with CPSU M/s Tehri Hydropower Development Corporation India Ltd (THDCIL), here on Saturday to developing 200-MW Kalai-II Hydroelectric Electric Project (HEP) in Lohit river basin.

Commissioner (hydropower) Ankur Garg and THDCIL director (technical) Bhupender Gupta signed the MoA in presence of chief secretary Dharmendra and GoAP adviser Dr H. K. Paliwal.

Earlier in August last, the  GoAP had inked MoAs with CPSUs – NHPC Ltd, SJVN Ltd and NEEPCO Ltd to develop 12 HEPs with a combined capacity of 11,517 MW to be built in Subansiri, Dibang and Siang basins.

With allotment of Kalai-II HEP to THDCIL, the state has concluded MoAs for 13 projects with a total capacity of 12,717 MW in this calendar year. Kalai-II HEP was initially allotted to an independent power developer in 2009, but remained stalled due to various reasons. To unlock this potential, the GoI and the GoAP made concerted efforts jointly for over last two years, which resulted in awarding this project to THDCIL to resume its execution.

This is the first project to be allotted to a CPSU in Lohit basin and also first to be taken up by Ms THDCIL in the state.

Garg said that the project will bring in investment of over Rs. 13,000 crore to the state during its construction. Once commissioned, it will generate over Rs. 300 crore annually as free power revenue for the state and about Rs. 25 crore annually as Local Area Development Fund.

Deputy Chief Minister Chowna Mein said that the HEP would create historic development and employment opportunities in Lohit basin area and facilitate partnership with the GoAP which will have a 26% equity share. The equity dividends would further augment state’s earnings from the projects.

Chief Minister Pema Khandu lauded Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Power Minister R. K. Singh for their unflinching support for restarting the HEP and said that the state is committed to ensure tap total hydropower potential for energy security of the country. He asked all stakeholders to implement the project in a mission mode. (PRO)

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