Taga urges Power Grid to start transmission scheme

ITANAGAR, Oct 11: Power and Industry Minister, Tamiyo Taga has called upon the Power Grid Corporation of India, a constituent of North Eastern Regional Power Committee (NERPC), to execute the Comprehensive scheme for development of Transmission and Distribution System in Arunachal Pradesh without further delay.
Addressing the 18th North Eastern Regional Power Committee meeting in Shillong on Wednesday, Taga said the Rs.3200.00 crores central scheme was handed over to the Power Grid for completion within 4 years. However, even after three years no field activities are seen anywhere, the Minister resented. He said that the Corporation is trailing far behind the expected level of performance.
“Because of this delay in development of the much needed 132KV State Grid, up-coming hydro electric projects under State sector have been put on rest, ” the Minister said.
The minister further said that Dikshi Hydro Electric Project (24MW) in West Kameng district and Palsi HEP (24MW) are in the advance stages of completion, but due to delay in implementation of the scheme, the power developers have been forced to halt their works. He also pointed out the critically important transmission lines from Khupi to Tenga/Rupa and Aalo-Yingkiong and Tuting.
He further opined that the cost of electricity transmission within the country should have been same irrespective of distance and direction.
Informing that Arunachal could become power house with 50 GW hydro power potentials, he requested his Assam counterpart to cooperate with Arunachal for regional and national interest.
Pointing out the mega hydro projects developed by China on River Brahmaputra within their territory, the Minister also stressed upon the necessity to make use of its potential in our country. He further appealed to the people not to raise issues of downstream impacts without understanding the Impact Assessment Appraisals and Redressal schemes.
Besides other senior engineers of the power department, the meeting was also attended by CE (P), Transmission, Planning and Monitoring, Er. Anong Perme.