At a panel discussion on hydropower projects in the northeast in New Delhi on Saturday, Tuki said that the state was facing serious problems getting forest and environment clearance, it taking years in some cases. Citing instances he said environmental issues were raised for forest clearance cases even in projects which already had environment clearance. He requested the Union ministry of environment and forest to play a more positive role in hydropower development of his state.
Tuki also pointed out that because of staff constraints and other factors, the Central Electricity Authority (CEA), Central Water Commission (CWC) and the Geological Survey of India (GSI) are unable to speed up the issuance of Techno-Economical Clearance (TEC) despite their sincere efforts to examine the DPRs and issue the clearances. He observed that for development of hydropower projects there is an urgent need of developing infrastructure, roads in particular.
"Although most of the major roads required for these projects have been covered under the Prime Minister's Package, yet the execution is taking time. In addition, there are some more major roads that need to be taken up at the earliest under some Government of India scheme," Tuki said, adding, "Some projects will start from this year itself. The transmission system for these projects should be simultaneous so that generation and transmission is synchronized."
Highlighting the significance of hydropower, he said that besides producing clean energy devoid of carbon emissions it would regulate flow of water during rainy seasons, moderate floods and as a result save life, property and agricultural prospects in the downstream areas.
He also pointed out that these projects would offer employment to lakhs of people and boost local economy by enhancing economic activities, first during the development phase and later by providing readily available assured power to improve production and quality of life.
Source- Times of India