DCM inaugurates HEP, highlights state’s potential

KAMBA, Jan 12: Deputy Chief Minister Chowna Mein on Saturday inaugurated the 6 (3×2) mw Siru small hydroelectric project (HEP) in Goli Balek here in West Siang district.
Among others, local MLA Nyamar Karbak, former minister Lijum Ronya, Hydropower Development CE (Eastern Zone) Along Ketan, DC Swetika Sachan, and Power SE Modam Jini were present at the inauguration.
Later, attending a ‘development meeting’ here, Mein said Arunachal has huge hydropower resources, with the potential to generate upto 40,000 mw.
“The state must tap these resources by developing large and small hydroelectric projects, wherever feasible,” the DCM said, and informed that “several power developers are showing interest to develop hydro-projects in the state.
He said that after completion, projects such as the 2800 mw Dibang Multipurpose Project and the 1750 mw Lower Demwe HEP “will generate huge revenue for the state and make it self-reliant.”
The DCM informed that Rs 10 crore has been kept in the 2019-20 budget “for strengthening of transmission and distribution system for downstream missing links of 33 kv and 11 kv lines to connect with the infrastructure created, so that the power generated is not wasted but supplied to areas facing power shortage, and the excess power generated is fed to the grid.”
Replying to a four-point memorandum submitted by the MLA, Mein said he would to look into it.
The Siru small HEP will supply power to Kamba and Aalo towns and surrounding villages. The excess power generated will be injected into the power grid.
Karbak in his address enumerated the developmental schemes implemented in his constituency, and said his constituency “is surging ahead with the rest of the state under the leadership of CM Pema Khandu and DCM Chowna Mein.”
Prominent public leaders of the area also spoke. (DCM’s PR Cell)