Arunachal Pradesh Deputy Chief Minister Chowna Mein (File photo)

Emphasising on the need to welcome the potential private power developers to harness the vast hydropower potential of the state, Arunachal Pradesh deputy chief minister Chowna Mein on January 8 said it will help to enhance economy and generate employment opportunity for the local youth.

“These hydropower projects, once developed will make our state self-sufficiency in power as the power developers will share free power of 5-10 per cent with the state government and 1 per cent for local area development. More power will further create avenues for establishment of industry and food processing units for the local entrepreneurs,” he said.

No scope of denying people’s rights: Chowna Mein

Deputy chief minister Chowna Mein was chairing over two separate meetings with the concerned stakeholders, regarding the construction of 23 MW Keyi hydro-electric project (HEP) at Keyi river under Pistana circle of Lower Subansiri district and the construction of 14.5 MW Pareng HEP under Sagalee sub-division in Papumpare district along with all the stake holders.

While assuring to look into the grievances of the people affected by the projects, he said that there is no scope of denying the people’s rights.

Chowna Mein also asked the private power developers to maintain transparency while implementing the projects and win the confidence of the local people for smooth implementation of the projects.

Two committees were formed to look into the grievances of project affected people and to resolve the issues, one under the chairmanship of local MLA Yachuli and education minister, Taba Tedir for 23 MW Keyi HEP and the other under the chairmanship of former chief minister and local MLA Sagalee, Nabam Tuki for 14.5 MW Pareng HEP.

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