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State has potential to be India's power house: Tamiyo Taga

 From our correspondent 

Itanagar, Oct 12: Arunachal Pradesh with its power generating capacity of 50 GW has all the potential to become the power house of India, Arunachal Pradesh Power Minister Tamiyo Taga said in Shillong on Wednesday.
Taga, who was in the Meghalaya capital to attend the 18th North Eastern Regional Power Committee (NERPC) meeting, said this would only be possible if all the resources of the frontier States are tapped properly.
Appealing to his Assam counterpart to cooperate with Arunachal for regional and national interest, Taga said that India should consider coming up with mega hydro projects in the Brahmaputra like the Chinese who have already developed various projects in their side of the mighty river.
The minister also stressed the necessity to make best use of the potential that India possesses in terms of hydropower and further appealed the people not to raise issues of downstream impacts without understanding its impact assessment appraisal and redressal schemes.
Speaking on the initiation of a comprehensive scheme for the development of transmission and distribution system in Arunachal, as sanctioned by the Centre, with a project cost of Rs 3,200-crore, the minister resented that no developmental activities were seen in the field in the State even after three years. The said project was supposed to be completed within four years, he added. 
Hitting out at Power Grid Corporation Limited to whom the project was awarded, Taga said, “Despite having all the necessary expertise and experience in the field, the corporation is trailing much behind its expected level of performance. Because of this delay, the much needed 132KV state grid and other upcoming hydro electric projects in the State have been put on rest.”
Both the Dikshi and Palsi Hydro Electric Projects (24MW) are in advance stages of completion, but have been halted due to the delay of the developers, he added.
The minister further impressed upon the Power Grid Corporation, a constituent of NERPC, to take up the execution of these works without further delay.
“Completion of these comprehensive schemes shall be a game changer for Arunachal,” Taga said.
On the transmission cost of electricity, the minister said that the cost of electricity transmission within the country should remain the same irrespective of distance and direction and also be charged per unit basis.