Hydro power to yield Rs8,000 cr a year for Arunachal

Hydro power to yield Rs8,000 cr a year for Arunachal


Itanagar: Arunachal Pradesh is expected to earn over Rs8,000 crore a year on realizing its full hydro power potential of 55,908 mw, Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu said.

Addressing the Independence Day function after unfurling the national flag here, Khandu said the state would sell 12% of its share of power generated after it attained its full hydro power potential.

The government has allotted hydro power projects with a capacity of 19,712 mw to various Central organizations and private power developers.

It was unfortunate that the opposition was being misguided by some NGOs on the development of hydro power in the state on the pretext of protecting the environment and villages located near project areas when all such schemes are subject to very stringent rules and regulations and checks, he said.

There is no reason to oppose the projects, he pointed out. Khandu said the PDS system has been put back on the rails in the state with the Centre’s help and six FCI depots are being opened in as many district headquarters.

Though the state is peaceful, the Centre has sanctioned three more battalions of forces, including additional CRPF personnel, to deal with insurgents from neighbouring states who took refuge in deep forests and to maintain law and order, Khandu said.

The greenfield airport near here has received a no- objection certificate from the defence ministry, and the Airports Authority of India is preparing a detailed project report on it, he said.