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Arunachal Pradesh deputy chief minister Chowna Mein, who also holds the Power portfolio, on Thursday, held a meeting with officers of the Power and Hydropower departments regarding construction of transmission line for evacuation of power from various hydroelectric projects.

The meeting was held at the Secretariat.

Mein said that focus of the State government is on the total development of the power sector by harnessing all forms of energy resources with particular emphasis on clean energy.

He stated that improved power scenario, evacuation of power and transmission line project holds immense importance to the State.

He said that concerted efforts have to be made to draw maximum power from the State’s own hydro-power stations which will help in renewable energy accreditation and will be beneficial to the State.

Mein assured full support for the development of hydropower in the State and called upon the engineers of the Power and Hydropower departments to work in close coordination so as to optimally harness the hydro potential.

He urged them to work with team spirit and zeal and sought the cooperation from the officers to take forward the developmental works of the department to a newer height during his tenure.

Underscoring the importance of the Kambang Small Hydropower Project, he said that it has to be put to use immediately and directed the officers concerned to restore the dedicated 33KV line completely within a month and half.

He asked the officers to prepare estimates with utmost diligence for new and for improvement of works in transmission system reflecting the benefits in terms of additional million units from the State-owned hydro projects.

Mein asked the department engineers to submit estimates or DPRs with due certification and prioritisation after proper scrutiny at the chief engineer’s level for onward submission to CE (monitoring) for compilation by September 15.

He added that the best and the result-oriented proposal will be implemented in Phase I for the current year and based on its success, the projection will be made in next year budget reflecting the benefits achieved in terms of revenue collection.

The engineers of both the department presented the report and status of generation and connectivity, the requirement of transmission line of hydel stations and other various issues of small hydro-power projects to the deputy chief minister.

Among others, commissioner power G S Meena, advisor to the DCM Anupam Tangu and chief engineers of power and hydro-power departments attended the meeting.

DAMIEN LEPCHA

Damien Lepcha is Northeast Now Correspondent in Arunachal Pradesh. He can be reached at: lepcharaul@gmail.com

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