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Arunachal government terminates 22 power projects
Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu on Friday said the state government has terminated 22 projects totalling 3,800 MW for non-performance and another 46 more amounting to 8,000 MW approximately have been served notice.
Dedicating the 24MW Dikshi Hydroelectric Project to the people, he congratulated the Devi Energies Pvt Ltd for completing in record time the project in West Kameng district whose foundation he had himself laid in November 2016.
“Arunachal is known as power house of the nation and if hydro-potential is utilized fully, it could change the economic scenario of the state,” Khandu said.
Taking a strong stand over failure of several private developers in developing the hydro projects with whom MoUs were signed way back but there has not been any visible development in the projects, he announced the action against the 68 proposed projects.
“These players have lost the confidence of the people… department review is being conducted in regular intervals and those power developers found non-performing are taken acted against accordingly,” he said.
Reiterating his stand that no project would come up without consultation and consent of the locals, Khandu appreciated the nearby villages who had whole-heartedly supported the project.
He disclosed that the Government is exploring more potential hydro electric project in the West Kameng district and PSUs and serious Individual Private Power Developer (IPPD) like Devi Energies would be given priority for executing these projects.
Urging people not to fall prey to those who raise issues for political gain, Khandu said: “It is time that we change our mindset and think what is good for us. Clean and green energy can change the economy of the state and the region.”
Informing the public about his government’s pragmatic industrial policy, the Chief Minister encouraged the villagers to concentrate on horticulture which has great potential in the region.
In order to make market links, he said the government will be developing a Mini industrial park in Bhalukpong and a mega food park in Banderdewa.
Deputy Chief Minister Chowna Mein said: “Arunachal Pradesh has its own stride of development in the power sector and its contribution to the regional benefits in its own way and pace.”