Arunachal can earn Rs 45,000cr /year by hydro projects

Arunachal can earn Rs 45,000cr /year by hydro projects
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First Published: Sun, Feb 04 2007. 04 10 PM IST
Updated: Sun, Feb 04 2007. 04 10 PM IST
Itanagar: Arunachal Pradesh can earn up to Rs 45,000 crore annually if all the hydro power projects in the state initiated by the state government and the Centre are completed in time, according to an expert today.
Delivering the 23rd foundation-day lecture of the Rajiv Gandhi University here, the Director of North-East Regional Institute of Science and Technology (NERIST) Prof. Kalyan Kumar said the country now produced 1,30,000 MW annually.
But Arunachal alone had the potential of producing 75,000 MW of hydro power.
Kumar said hydro power projects with a total capacity of 22,000 MW were initiated in the state in 1999 but the progress of the work so far had not been satisfactory and those were likely to be completed in 2012.
Meanwhile, the Government of India has decided to develop 23,500 mw more hydel power projects in the state by that time. The economy of the state with a current annual budget of Rs 1,100 crore would get a tremendous boost if the mega hydro projects were made time-bound, he said.
The Vice Chancellor S K Saha expressed hope that the university would get enough fund from the Centre to improve the infrastructure from the next financial year.
He said the subjects of basic sciences and sociology would be included in its curriculam in near future.
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First Published: Sun, Feb 04 2007. 04 10 PM IST