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PM iugurates Tuirial hydel project in Aizwal

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  17 Dec 2017 12:00 AM GMT

Aizawl, Dec 16: Prime Minister rendra Modi in the august presence of Mizoram Governor Nirbhay Sharma and Chief Minister Lal Thanhawla along with other dignitaries formally dedicated the Tuirial Hydro Electric Power Project (60 MW) to the country on Saturday. PM Modi also launched the MyDoNER App and distributed cheques to the start-up entrepreneurs today at Aizwal. The Tuirial HE project has been constructed as a Central Sector Project and implemented by North Eastern Electric Power Corporation (NEIIPCO) under the administrative control of the Union Ministry of Power.

The Cabinet Committee of Economic Affairs (CCEA) cleared the project for implementation in July 1998 with its commissioning schedule in July 2006. After completion of around 30% of the project activities, the works were totally suspended in June 2004 due to local agitation.

With sustained efforts by NEEPCO and with active support of Ministry of Power and DoN ER, and Mizoram government the stalled works of the Project were resumed in January 2011.The Project being remotely located, encountered various hindrances ranging from idequate communication infrastructure to the project site, massive failure of the Power House slopes due to poor soil condition, lack of availability of skilled manpower, among others. These factors resulted in comparatively longer gestation period. However, with all efforts from the agencies concerned, the Project works were completed successfully, leading to commissioning of Unit—1 on August 25, 2017 and Unit—I I on November 28, 2017. The Project is the biggest Power Project located in the State of Mizoram and will feed the entire energy to be generated to the home State, which will facilitate all-round development of the State and achieving the centre’s ambitious and flagship Mission “ 24x7 Affordable Clean Power for All”.

The State’s current demand of electricity is only 87 MW and this is being met by State’s mini power projects and availability of its share of power from central sector projects. With the additiol 60 MW of electricity from the project, Mizoram will now be the third power-surplus State in the North East India after Sikkim and Tripura. Apart from attaining self-sufficiency in electric power, the Project will fetch other benefits to the State like employment generation, vigation, water supply, wild life conservation, tourism, to me a few, stated a press release

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