GUWAHATI: The task force on hydro power development of Government of India in order to fast track hydro power projects has issued a basin-wise list of critical infrastructure including roads/bridges and air connectivity to facilitate movement of men and materials for construction.

The sixth meeting of the Task Force on Hydro Project Development under the Chairmanship of Union Minister of State for Power, Jyotiraditya M. Scindia was held in New Delhi on Tuesday where it was stated that so far as development of infrastructure in North-east is concerned, CEA ( Central Electricity Authority) (CEA) has reviewed 95 projects (41,400.5 MW) capacity allotted by the State Government of Arunachal Pradesh which are yet to be taken up for construction.

In order to expedite development of the projects in the North East, the task force has issued a basin-wise list of critical infrastructure including roads/bridges and air connectivity to facilitate movement of men and materials for construction .

The basin wise list of critical infrastructure requirements has been discussed in the advisory group meeting and taken up with the Ministries of Road Transport and Highways, Defence (BRO) and Civil Aviation. The Government of India has constituted an Empowered Group of Ministers of DONER Ministry to review and expedite implementation of the infrastructure projects and other issues in the north eastern states.

The Task Force examines and resolves all issues relating to hydro power development such as allocation of sites, clearances required for development of hydro projects and land acquisition, rehabilitation and resettlement issues.

Arunachal Chief Minister Nabam Tuki who attended the meeting urged the Union Ministry of Power to coordinate with other concerned ministries of the Union Government to facilitate speedy grant of required clearances to implement hydro-power projects in the state that are in the pipeline.

He said,” There are a number of projects that could have started construction but are facing problems on account of pending forest and environment clearances”.

He said the State Government has been maintaining the stand that it will not make any compromise on rational environmental issues. On the requirement of ministry of Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) ,Tuki said that leaving 30 percent water for free-flow during rainy season would make large number of projects unviable.

Chief Minister requested for a grant of Rs 13000 crores over a period of ten years to meet the State’s share of equity requirement as all the big projects will be developed in public private partnership mode.

Courtesy: The Economic Times

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