Two units of Subansiri Lower hydel project to be ready by August 2022: Officials

The first two units of the Subansiri Lower hydroelectric project in Arunachal Pradesh will be commissioned by August next year, officials said on November 10.

The chairman and managing director at National Hydroelectric Power Corporation (NHPC) AK Singh apprised the visiting Parliamentary Standing Committee on Energy (2021-22) about the progress in construction of the project.

The official said that the first two units with a generation capacity of 500 MW will be ready for commissioning by August next year.

The 2,000 MW capacity Subansiri Lower HE Project, located near North Lakhimpur on the border of Arunachal Pradesh and Assam, is the biggest hydroelectric project undertaken in India so far and is a run of river scheme on river Subansiri.

Executive director at Subansiri Lower HE Project, Vipin Gupta, apprised about the uninterrupted construction activities undertaken in spite of difficulties faced by the project due to COVID-19 pandemic and its associated bottlenecks, natural calamity like flash floods.

The Parliamentary Standing Committee headed by its chairperson Rajiv Ranjan Singh took a review meeting with senior management of the NHPC, which presented the details on the status of the works made by the corporation.

The original work of the Subansiri Lower project was started in 2006 and resumed more than a year ago during the COVID-19 lockdown after being stopped in 2011 following protests by various local organisations amid fears of ecological damage and loss of livelihoods.

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