Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu on Saturday directed the NEEPCO authorities not to further delay completion of the 110 MW Pare Hydro Project and abide by the schedule to go for trial spinning of the turbines by end of this month and commissioning of the same subsequently.
Chief Minsiter Khandu, who along with Deputy Chief Minister Chowna Mein, speaker T N Thongdok, Deputy Speaker Tumke Bagra, Power Minister TamiyoTaga, visited the project site here at Jampaand Sopo to take stock of the progress of the much-awaited hydro project of the state.
According to NEEPCO officials the project, started in 2010, was originally scheduled to be completed by August 2012 but was revised to December 2017.
However, due to construction of the Trans-Arunachal Highway, heavy machineries required couldn’t reach the project site, which caused further delay in its completion.
The Chief Minister was today, however, assured that the project would be ready for commissioning by 31stof this month despite the fact that it would take few more months for it to generate power to its fullest capacity.
Khandu and the team first visited the dam-site at Jampa, where the work is progress in full swing. The concrete gravity dam on River Dikrong would stand 63 meters high and 134.257 meter long.
The run-of-the-river project would have its power house at Sopo, 3 kms downstream of Jampa. The tunnel bringing water from the dam storage is of 1.029 kms.
Khandu expressed satisfaction over the progress despite several hurdles like monsoon-triggered landslides and floods.
He assured cooperation to NEEPCO with regards to local logistics and administrative issues for commissioning of the project on time.
“This is a big and important project of the state. Not only the local people but all citizens of the state will benefit from it. It is a matter of immense satisfaction that at least one of the several hydro projects in the state is going to be commissioned within a month,” he said while interacting with local villagers near the project site.
Khandu asserted that 2% free power – 1 from the state share and 1 from the project developer – would be utilized for local area development, which would be huge.