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Arunachal’s one-shot nod for hydel, related projects pegged to MoEF stance

Mar 17 2014, 01:22 IST
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Rich in hydro resources, Arunachal Pradesh can potentially generate a third of India’s total hydro-power capacity. PTI Rich in hydro resources, Arunachal Pradesh can potentially generate a third of India’s total hydro-power capacity. PTI
SummaryRich in hydro resources, Arunachal Pradesh can generate a third of India’s total hydro-power capacity.

of sequential approvals for each activity.”

While the MoRTH and Doner have endorsed the power ministry's line, the MoEF is yet to express its views. The MoEF, sources said, is unlikely to accept the power ministry's proposal without modifications, as it feels the proposed projects would necessitate large-scale diversion of forest land. The EGoM's task would be to find a resolution, even as it could lean a bit towards the power ministry's stand.

Arunachal Pradesh has harnessed just 405 MW out of its estimated 50,000 MW potential while projects totalling to 2,710 MW are under construction. Tawang, Dibang, Lohit, Dikrong and Tirap are the state's other river basins with significant hydro-power potential.

The Centre has decided to shift its focus back on harnessing of hydro-resources as the share of hydro-power in country's power mix has fallen steadily over the years. Apart from taking up development of supporting infrastructure in Arunachal Pradesh, the power ministry is also looking at making purchase of hydel power mandatory for distribution companies.

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