Chowna Mein
Arunachal Pradesh deputy chief minister Chowna Mein during a discussion with a delegation of Satluj Jal Vidyut Nigam Limited in Delhi. Image credit – Twitter

In a major thrust to hydropower sector of Arunachal Pradesh, the Satluj Jal Vidyut Nigam Limited (SJVNL), a central PSU, has shown its eagerness to develop hydropower projects in the state.

The Central Public Sector Unit (CPSU) is keen to develop hydropower projects in Arunachal Pradesh up to 15000 MW.

The development came after a team of SJVNL, led by its chairman and chief managing director Nand Lal Sharma, called on Arunachal Pradesh deputy chief minister Chowna Mein at his office in New Delhi on Saturday.

They also handed over a written request stating their interest to which the latter responded in a positive note and assured of looking into their proposal.

SJVNL is a joint venture of the government of India and government of Himachal Pradesh and the company has a ‘mini ratna’ status.

Meanwhile, a team of Jindal South West (JSW) Hydro Energy Limited (private investor), led by its vice president PK Puri, also called on deputy chief minister Mein and put forth their interest in developing hydropower in Arunachal Pradesh.

The JSW team also submitted an expression of interest for the development of a few mega hydropower projects.

It was informed that Mein while inviting the companies to invest in the state said that the Arunachal Pradesh government would extend all possible assistance as partners to the development process.

Arunachal Pradesh principal resident commissioner Jitendra Narayan and Hydro Power Development chief engineer RK Joshi were also present on the day.


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