Chief Minister Pema Khandu said that the state government will soon start dialogue with the Centre and Assam Government to remove all barriers in implementation of the Subansiri Lower Hydro Electric Project (SLP).
The Chief Minister, who visited the project site and held a meeting with the NHPC officials here on Sunday, said that he would hold discussions with Union Power Minister Piyush Goyal and his Assam counterpart Sarbananda Sonowal to remove the stumbling blocks in implementation of the project of 2000MW capacity.
“Finding an early solution to the stalled Subansiri Lower dam assumes high importance as the state government is losing around Rs 1.20 crore everyday, which, otherwise, could have been accrued from 12 percent free power sharing”, said Pema.
Pema opined, “No chief minister in Arunachal can take the state ahead without harnessing the hydropower potentials.”
The executive director of Subansiri HEP apprised the Chief Minister on the present status of the project and informed that 55 percent of the work has been completed till date.
The official informed that the company is losing Rs 10 crore every day due to halt in the construction activities. Till date, the project has incurred an expenditure of Rs 9000 crore.
The NHPC was forced to suspend its construction activities of the project in December 2011 following protests from few of the stakeholders and pressure groups.
Earlier, the chief minister and his team visited the water intake site, followed by a 1.5 km drive inside the surge tunnel. The team also made a brief halt inside the tunnel where the NHPC officials briefed them on the layout of the eight surge tunnels.
Deputy Chief Minister Chowna Mein, Industries Minister Tamiyo Taga, Health Minister Jomde Kena, PHED Minister Bamang Felix, Transport and Supply Parliamentary Secretary Likha Saaya, Raga MLA Tamar Murtem, and Ziro MLA Tage Taki accompanied the chief minister during the visit.