North East

Arunachal govt signs MoA with NEEPCO for hydel projects

Itanagar, August 14 (UNI): The Arunachal Pradesh government has signed a memorandum of agreement (MoA) with North Eastern Electric Power Corporation Limited (NEEPCO) for the development of 90 MW New Melling hydro-electric project (HEP) in Tawang district and 120 MW Nafra HEP in West Kameng district.

The MoA was signed by PS Lokhande, Commissioner (Hydro), Government of Arunachal Pradesh, and VK Singh, CMD NEEPCO, in presence of Chief Minister Pema Khandu and Deputy Chief Minister Chowna Mein here on Saturday.

With this, the total project allotted to NEEPCO rose to six with a total installed capacity of 1325 MW.

Out of these, it has commissioned three projects namely- 600 MW Kameng HEP, 405MW Ranganadi HEP and 110 MW Pare HEP.

Speaking on the occasion, the chief minister said the Central Public Sector Undertakings (CPSUs) will be the harbinger of investment in Arunachal Pradesh and appreciated the performance of NEEPCO in developing hydropower in the state.

To harness the hydro potential in the state, the Arunachal Pradesh government had allotted hydro projects to several private developers and CPSUs through the MoA route. However, most of the private developers failed to implement the project.

The state government had then started terminating the MoA for a dismal performance in executing the projects. So far the state government has terminated 40 projects, said the CM.

Khandu urged the CMD NEEPCO to resolve the issue of Kurung HEP (330MW) whose MoA was signed in the year 2015, but the implementation has not yet started. He also assured to render all necessary help in terms of local problems in developing projects allotted to NEEPCO.

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