ITANAGAR, Aug 30: The 2,700 mw Lower Siang hydro electric project at Pangging village in Siang district of Arunachal Pradesh has run into rough weather due to stiff opposition from locals for which public hearing could not be conducted, the assembly was informed on Thursday.
“Public hearing for the said project could not be conducted even after five attempts,” Chief Minister Pema Khandu informed the house while responding to a question raised by Nationalist Peoples’ Party (NPP) legislator Tapang Taloh during question hour. Khandu, who also holds the hydro power portfolio, said that the project will not start without taking the locals into confidence.
He said a total amount of Rs 41.32 crore was taken in three instalments during 2006 and 2010 from Jaiprakash Power Ventures Limited (JPVL) the developer was taken by the state government as upfront money. “As on date there is no physical activity under progress at the project site even though the detailed project report (DPR) of the project has already been completed and Techno Economic Clearence (TEC) was accorded by Central Electrical Authority (CEA) on February 16, 2010,” the chief minister informed.
Responding to a supplementary, Khandu said that if the company discontinue its implementation, the responsibility of the upfront premium would depend on the factors responsible for the discontinuation of the project.