The Government of India and the Government of Arunachal Pradesh have come together to rejuvenate and execute 12 stalled hydro-electric power projects in the state. Towards this, Memorandums of Agreement have been signed in Itanagar today, August 12, 2023, wherein 12 hydro-electric projects of cumulative Installed Capacity of about 11,517 MW have been allotted by the state government, to Hydro PSUs under the Union Ministry of Power. The MoA signing ceremony was attended by Union Minister for Power and New & Renewable Energy, Shri R.K. Singh; Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh Shri Pema Khandu, Deputy Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh Shri Chowna Mein; Union Power Secretary Pankaj Agarwal, and other officials of the Central and State Governments.
Addressing the event, Union Minister for Power and New & Renewable Energy Shri R. K. Singh said that implementation of these hydropower projects will contribute immensely to the richness of the state. “The per capita income of the state would become more than that of Maharashtra and Gujarat. All the developed nations including the USA, Canada, Norway etc., have harnessed 80%-90% of their hydropower potential. In India also, the states which harnessed the potential of hydropower have become prosperous. Hydropower is a green source of energy. Its usage will also increase the ground water level and promote growth of flora & fauna.”
Name of The Project and CPSU to which Project Allotted
Tato-II HEP (700 MW) — NEEPCO
Tato-I HEP (180 MW) — NEEPCO
Heo- HEP (240 MW) — NEEPCO
Naying HEP (1000 MW) — NEEPCO
Hirong HEP (500 MW) — NEEPCO
Etalin HEP (3097 MW) — SJVNL
Attunli HEP (680 MW) — SJVNL
Emini HEP (500 MW) — SJVNL
Amulin HEP (420 MW) — SJVNL
Mihumdon HEP (400 MW) — SJVNL
Subansiri Upper HEP (2000 MW) — NHPC
Subansiri Middle (Kamala) HEP 1800 MW — NHPC
These projects were earlier allotted to private sector developers about 15 years ago but remained non-starters due to various reasons. The State Government therefore decided to rope in Central Hydro PSUs to give a push to the languishing projects.
Development of these projects will contribute towards achieving the declared Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) target of achieving 500 GW non-fossil energy capacity of India by 2030. Hydro Power will also be an effective contributor to the objective of achieving Net Zero carbon emissions by the year 2070.
These projects are also expected to create huge employment opportunities in the region and boost the local economy as well as foster skill development and technical expertise in the region. The projects are expected to result in an estimated investment inflow of about ₹1,26,500 Crores to the state of Arunachal Pradesh.