Chief Minister Pema Khandu accompanied with Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju today visits the site of Bichom Dam Complex of 600MW Kameng Hydro Electrict Project. Chief Minister Khandu met with officials from the North Eastern Electrical Power Corporation (NEEPCO) Ltd, which is building the dam, to discuss the hydropower project.
He had the assurance from the NEEPCO officials that the dam will be commissioned by October 2017 next that had faced continuous delays since the construction started in February 2005.
The assurance of completion within the stipulated time was also conveyed to Prime Minister in his recent meeting, informed the Chief Minister and urged the NEEPCO officials to stand by their commitment and not to miss the target.
The Chief Minister had interaction with engineers from Patel Engineering, which is carrying out the civil works for the Bichom dam. They informed that they have completed excavation work of 4.4 km long head race tunnel and construction of 2 sluices.
Rijiju speaking with NEEPCO officials informed that he had asked the ministry of Power, Govt of India to immediately lift the ban on recruitment process to enable local youths to be employed in the company.
Calling for strengthening NEEPCO, the Union Minister suggested that most hydropower projects in North East should be executed by PSUs like NEEPCO, which has better understanding of the region and its geography.
He also informed that Nafra hydroelectric project and Dikshi project is being taken up with Ministry of Power for its early execution.
NEEPCO officials assuring to meet the deadline informed that 78% work completion has been met. They informed that the work is progressing smoothly and work on land compensation, rehabilitation and resettlement has been completed.
The Chief Minister also visited the Bichom model village, where affected people have been resettled and rehabilitated. 86 affected families presently inhabit the village. The model village has a school, playground and other public facilities. The NEEPCO officials informed that the rest of 13 families have been resettled in Yayung village.
Parliamentary Secretary (PHE & WS) Kumsi Sidisow, who is also the local representative, informed that the process of rehabilitation was carried out successfully with help from NEEPCO authorities, district administration and the state government.
Rijiju lauded the model village and termed it as ‘one of the best resettlement site’. To a request from an affected person for enabling mobile connectivity in the village, the Union Minister informed the central government is giving high priority to it and has sanctioned Rs 1500 crore alone for enabling 3G internet services in remote areas of Arunachal.
Parliamentary Secretary (Health & FW) Phurpa Tsering Bomdila MLA Japu Deru, and West Kameng Deputy Commissioner Dr Sonal Swaroop accompanied the visiting team.