He said this on Saturday while attending the last day of the ‘Review Meeting’ of PHE Department held during the last four days at Aijal Club here.
The department reviewed the initiatives carried out so far in the current year and also over its ongoing programmes.
Besides, the engineers were oriented on the Central government’s approval in recent times for undertaking of power project through Viability Gap Funding (VGF), being the first of its kind in the country, and over the sanction for Tuivai Hydel Project which is proposed to generate 210 Mega Watt of electricity.
Addressing the meeting, Lalthanzara said Tuivai Hydel Project which has been approved by the Central Government is the brainchild of the Mizoram government after several hurdles.
“This is a blessing from god,” he claimed. Recently, the Forest Advisory Committee observed that forest clearance should not be given to the Tipaimukh Hydel Project which is proposed to be constructed at the confluence of Tuivai and Tuiruong rivers.
The mega dam project has been vehemently opposed by the Hmar tribesmen and even the Hmar rebel group – HPC(D)- had declared a “war” against the dam.
The Tuivai dam project issue is also very sensitive since the area comes under the Hmar areas both in Mizoram and Manipur.
“When the Project is materialized, beyond our self-sufficiency in electricity, we shall also have enough power capacity even for export. Moreover, in the coming years, this will help boost the Mizoram economy immensely,” he said.
Talking about the present situation, Lalthanzara said that even the neighbouring states, which have power projects of their own have to resort to frequent load-shedding. “Therefore Mizoram is comparatively in a better position,” he said.
However, Mizoram government said it is confident of pressing forward with the Tuivai dam project. L. Pachuau, Chief Engineer (Distribution) and Engineer-in-Chief Pu C. L. Thangliana said several steps have already been undertaken for Tuivai Hydel Project.
They said the PHE Department has completed its set tasks in 94 villages out of 137 villages targeted under RGGVY.Construction of Substations at Sawkawrdai, Phullen and other 2 villages are also near completion.
It was also mentioned in the meeting that Consumer Indexing, an undertaking to enhance better service to consumers regarding meter reading, proper power supply, and also to prevent illegal connection, is being carried on and the same is expected to be completed by November.
When Consumer Indexing is used, usage of power by the consumers will all be recorded through GIS to do away with illegal connection.
Tuivai Hydel Project, on the other, is proposed to generate 210 MW of electricity. A private company will be taking up the construction work and tender will be floated for selection of the company. The construction is expected to be completed within 5 years.