Itanagar: Arunachal Pradesh has added another feather in its development trajectory with the commissioning of the 24 megawatt Dikshi Hydroelectric Project at Rupa in West Kameng district of the state.
Chief Minister Pema Khandu dedicated the project to the people of of the state at a simple function at Rupa on Friday in presence of Deputy Chief Minister Chowna Mein, MLAs Phurpa Tsering, Jambey Tashi, Dorjee Wangdi, Tsering Tashi, Dongru Siongju and others, an official communiqué informed here on Saturday.
Khandu formally inaugurated the project by unveiling the inaugural slab and by switching on the device at the power house. The project was constructed by Devi Energies Private Limited.
In the side-line of the inauguration, the chief minister congratulated the Devi Energies Private Limited for completing the project on record time whose foundation was laid in November 2016 by Khandu himself.
Khandu hailed the completion of project as not only achievement for the state government but also an achievement for the local community since it was not possible without their cooperation.
The locals welcomed the project and gave it a community participation which resulted in commissioning of the project in record time.
Khandu said such support of the locals is need of the hour to make Arunachal a power surplus and power exporting state. He also said the inaugural may be a simple function but is a historic event since the project is the first to be developed successfully by a private developer in the state.
The chief minister said Arunachal is known as power house of the nation and if hydro potential is utilized fully, it could change the economic scenario of the state.
Khandu while taking strong stand over failure of several private developers in developing the hydro projects with whom MoUs were singed way back, said there has not been any visible development in the projects.
He informed that the state government has already terminated 22 projects worth 3800 MW for its non performance while another 46 more worth 8000 MW approximately have been served notices.
Reiterating his stand that no project would come up without consultation and consent of the locals, Khandu appreciated the nearby villages who whole hearted supported the project.
He disclosed that the government is exploring more potential hydro projects in the district and PSUs and serious Individual Private Power Developer (IPPD) like Devi Energies Private Limited would be given priority for executing these projects, the communiqué added.