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Khandu reviews comprehensive power scheme

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Itagar, Feb 23: Aruchal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu on Wednesday reviewed the progress of ‘Comprehensive Scheme for Strengthening of Transmission & Distribution in Aruchal Pradesh’. The meeting was attended by Power Minister Tamio Taga, Chief Secretary Shakuntala Gamlin and Power Commissioner Ashis Kundra, Director (Personnel) Power Grid Ravi P Singh, Executive Directors of Power Grid Abhay Choudhary and T C Sarmah and other senior officials of the Power Grid Corporation, an official report said here today.

The comprehensive scheme for Transmission & Distribution is being funded by the Centre Government at an estimated cost of Rs 3200 crore involving transmission line of 132 KV line (33 numbers) – covering about 1917 km including 33 KV line feeders (70 numbers) covering 1923 km. The scheme also includes 24 new sub-stations 132/33 KV and 70 new sub-stations of 33/11 KV. The scheme is likely to be completed by end of the year 2019.

The Power Grid officials apprised the chief minister about the progress of the project and sought help in land acquisition, waiver of state levied taxes and duties for the scheme.

Khandu assured all help for early completion of the project and asked the corporation to ensure maximum benefit to the local people. Various issues like training of local youths, training of officers of state power department were also discussed.

The Power Grid agreed to consider various CSR projects in the field of hospitals, schools, community developments, details of which would be filized after discussion with local officials. The meeting also discussed for a possible joint venture between the state government and the corporation, the report added.