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Arunachal Pradesh insists on expediting transmission projects

EM NEWS BUREAU ,  Thursday, May 12, 2011, 15:42 Hrs  [IST]

Untitled - 63.jpgThe state government of Arunachal Pradesh has asked Central Electricity Authority and Power Grid Corporation of India to immediately start planning and implementation of transmission projects associated with the upcoming hydropower projects in the state. Taking a proactive stance in development of hydropower, the state government has been taking up the issues with Central authorities to expedited action.

In communication to Central authorities, the state government mentioned that CEA and PGCIL need to immediately start basinwise planning for transmission of power from these projects and start implementing projects so that there is perfect synchronization in commissioning of generation and transmission projects. Though CEA has started some preliminary exercise in that direction in advance, firm planning has to be started immediately, state authorities asserted.

Arunachal also requested CEA and Central Water Commission to expedite the detailed project report clearance for the upcoming projects. The state authorities, in a communication to the power ministry, informed that though the state is getting get full cooperation from CEA and CWC but on account of their manpower constraints, DPRs are not getting approved in time leading to further delays in various activities that are dependent on DPR clearance. Eight DPRs are already submitted to CEA and CWC; 15 are to be submitted in 2011 and six are expected to be submitted in 2012.

To fast-track hydropower development in the state, the Arunachal Pradesh government has decided to regularly undertake review exercise for all the proposed power projects in the state in consultation with Central Electricity Authority, Central Water Commission, Ministry of Water Resources, and Power Grid Corporation of India Ltd.

Apart from review of progress, issues relating to various clearances from Central government and state government organizations are also identified. Other hindrances likely to come in the way of these projects are also taken into account and help is extended to the power developers in all possible ways to overcome those impediments. The state government of Arunachal Pradesh has so far allotted 135 hydropower projects with the total installed capacity of 41,584 mw to be developed on various rivers in seven major river basins in the state— Tawang, Kameng, Dikrong, Subansiri, Sing, Dibang and Lohit.
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