Sinlung /
12 November 2014

India Gearing Up To Build Largest Hydel Power Plant at Arunachal Pradesh


The State-owned NHPC has been given green nod by from the Forest Advisory Committee for Dibang hydel project in Arunachal Pradesh. NHPC is gearing upto approach the Cabinet Committee for a final approval within a year.

India is planning to build it biggest hyde power plant with a capacity of a 3,000 MW at Arunachal Pradesh.

The State-owned NHPC has been given green nod by from the Forest Advisory Committee for Dibang hydel project in Arunachal Pradesh. NHPC is gearing upto approach the Cabinet Committee for a final approval within a year.

"We will execute the Dibang project in partnership with one of the PSUs and the state government at an investment of Rs 15,000-16,000 crore. Due to its large scale, the per-MW project cost will be much less than the average of Rs 7-8 crore," NHPC Chairman and Managing Director RST Sai said.

"Also, we will be able to execute the project faster as there are only a handful of families living at such high altitude and it will save time for their rehabilitation."

NHPC, operates 6,500 MW of hydro power generation capacity. Enthused by the Narendra Modi government's reforms for faster clearances for infrastructure projects NHPC hopes to build more plants.

The delay in clearances and rehabilitation of displaced people had many projects in limbo. As a result the country's share of hydro power generation capacity began to decline.

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