Arunachal government terminates 22 projects worth 3800 MW for non-performance

Rupa, Sep 13: Dedicating the 24MW Dikshi Hydroelectric Project to the people of Arunachal Pradesh, Chief Minister Pema Khandu on Friday said the state government has terminated 22 projects worth 3800 MW for its non performance and another 46 more worth 8000 MW approximately have been served notices.

However, Khandu congratulated the Devi Energies Private Limited for completing the 24MW Dikshi Hydroelectric Project in West Kameng district on record time whose foundation was laid in November 2016 by Khandu himself.

“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,” the Chief Minister said.

Taking strong stand over failure of several private developers in developing the hydro projects with whom MoUs were singed way back but there has not been any visible development in the projects, Khandu informed that the State Government has already terminated 22 projects worth 3800 MW for its non performance while another 46 more worth 8000 MW approximately have been served notices.

“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 action accordingly,” he stated.

Reiterating his stand that no project would come up without consultation and consent of the locals, Khandu appreciated the nearby villages who whole hearted 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 Private Limited would be given priority for executing these projects.

Giving a clarion call to not to fall prey to issue mongers who make issues for their 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 the pragmatic Industrial policy of the State government which supports investors in various sectors, 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.”

Mein further revealed that the state government is contemplating on concentrating on smaller projects and prefer Public Sector Utilities and serious private power developers like Devi energy private limited to take part.