Arunachal Pradesh has signed pacts with power developers to execute 160 projects, entailing total installed capacity of 46,948 MW, in the state. Chief Minister Nabam Tuki informed that the state government has inked memorandum of understandings (MoUs) and memorandum of agreements (MoAs) with power developers to execute these projects.
Responding to a question from opposition leader Tamiyo Taga during question hour, Tuki disclosed that three projects — 2000 MW Lower Subansiri Hydro Electric Project (LSHEP), 600 MW Kameng project and 110 MW Pare project — are under execution. Works on Lower Subansiri project at Gerukamukh was stalled in December 2011 after anti-dam protagonists opposed its construction apprehending cascading affect on the people living in the downstream of the river.
When Taga wanted to know the steps taken by the state to identify the developers who were not interested in executing projects despite signing the MoUs/MoAs, Tuki said that the government had already taken decision and cancelled contracts with a few developers for violating the agreements. "We are monitoring the developers and directed them to abide by the agreement or otherwise their MoAs will be cancelled," Tuki said.
Responding to a supplementary from BJP member Japu Deru, the Chief Minister informed that a few minor projects were executed during 1970s, 1980s and 1990s. However, agreements for most of the major projects were inked in the last decade, he added.
Arunachal Pradesh will earn revenue of Rs 445 crore annually as revenue from 12 per cent free power after the commissioning of three ongoing hydropower projects in the State, Chief Minister Nabam Tuki said.
Terming Arunachal Pradesh as the 'power house' of the country with 60,000 MW hydropower potential, Tuki said the State could meet 40 per cent power requirement of the nation. "Arunachal, which has been depending on the Centre for all development fund, could be a donor State in future if the hydropower potential of the State are harnessed scientifically," he said.
The State Hydropower Policy was in tune with the Central policy and the consulting policies of other States of the country, particularly Himachal Pradesh, he said.
It was the best with inbuilt incentives for local entrepreneurs and provisions for protecting the interest of the indigenous population, he added.
As an encouragement, local entrepreneurs would be exempted from providing 12 per cent free power to the State government if they execute power projects of 1-5 MW capacity, which would make them owners as well as employers.
Earlier, Bage pointed out that out of the 160 MoUs and MoAs inked for developing hydropower in the State, a majority of the power developers had not started the execution of the projects.
Responding to this comment, Tuki said the government had already cancelled several MoUs and MoAs and also directed all the power developers to abide by the agreement executed.