The Cabinet Committee on Investment has cleared three hydro power projects, which were stuck due to environmental bottlenecks. According to a power ministry official, the three hydel projects — Tawang (800 MW), Tato (700 MW) and Teesta (520 MW) — which were awaiting approvals for a long time, have been cleared by CCI.These projects in Arunachal Pradesh (Tawang and Tato) and (Teesta) Sikkim were sent to CCI from the power ministry in December, last year.
Teesta Stage-IV Hydroelectric Project, which was awarded to state-run NHPC in 2009, is a run of the river scheme proposed along river Teesta. The estimated project cost was R3,594.74 crore. Teesta is likely to supply electricity to Sikkim, West Bengal, Bihar, Orissa and Jharkhand, and expected to be commissioned in 2012.
The Tawang Hydroelectric Project is proposed on Tawangchu river. The estimated project cost at the time of award was R6,112.30 crore. The 700-MW Tato hydro power project in Arunachal Pradesh is being set up by Tato Hydro Power, a subsidiary of Reliance Power. Reliance Power’s Jharkhand Ultra Mega Power Project was also cleared in the same CCI meeting last week. The company will now be exempted from providing non-forest land to compensate for the loss of forest land acquired for the 4,000 MW Tilaiya UMPP.