CM seeks APSERC’s support to harness state’s hydropower potential

ITANAGAR, Apr 2: Chief Minister Pema Khandu has sought support and guidance from the Arunachal Pradesh State Electricity Regulatory Commission (APSERC) in capitalizing on the state’s huge hydropower potential.
Inaugurating the new office of the APSERC here on Monday in the presence of Power Minister Tamiyo Taga, the chief minister said the state is looking forward to working with public sector companies like the NEEPCO and the NHPC Ltd, and is consistently in touch with the Centre to take the power sector ahead.
“Wherever possible, the state government should take up hydropower projects on feasibility basis,” he said, and advocated building run-of-the-river projects, so that no harm occurs on the ecology and human settlements.
The CM sought support and guidance from the APSERC to cut down the huge aggregate and technical (AT&C) loss, and for efficient power distribution in the state.
“Arunachal will witness huge investment in works for setting up of transmission lines across the state,” he said.
Taga in his address emphasized on modernizing the power transmission system to cut down losses, and sought expert opinion from the Commission to run the power department in a profitable way.
He said the state needs “one big power project to meet the power shortage,” and called for taking practical steps to start the work.
Also present on the occasion were Power Commissioner Kaling Tayeng and APSERC Chairperson Raghunath Prasad Singh.