People pin hope on mini hydel restoration
FROM OUR CORRESPONDENT
Itagar, Dec 31: A defunct mini hydel plant may soon generate electricity once again if all goes according to plans.
The Tirathju MHS at Khonsa in troubled Tirap district is one of the oldest hydel stations in the state and is crucial for regular power supply to remote administrative circles of Dadam, Kapu and Khonsa town in the district. However, the power plant has not been functioning since 2005 after a landslide a section of the plant. Minor repair work carried out in June this year restored power supply but only briefly as another portion of the water channel was washed away with the monsoon rain barely seven days after it resumed operations. It has remained defunct since.
The matter was brought to the attention of the state hydropower secretary when he visited the area earlier this year.
Tirap deputy commissioner Ravi Jha has asked AE (Hydro Power) RK Pandey to submit an estimate for restoration of the mini hydel, after they inspected the damaged section on Tuesday earlier.
An official statement from the district information officer informed that the mini hydel power plant has a 4x250 kilowatt capacity and its restoration will help address power shortages during the monsoon season when regular supply lines are often damaged. There are 18 villages in the Dadam circle and Kapu area and people have been demanding that the plant be restored immediately.