Arunachal: Pema Khandu Dedicates 24MW Dikshi Hydroelectric Project

Chief Minister formally inaugurated the project by unveiling the inaugural slab and by switching on the device at the power house of the project.



In what could be termed as one more major feather added in the development trajectory of the state, Chief Minister Pema Khandu today dedicated the 24MW Dikshi Hydroelectric Project to the people of Arunachal in presence of Deputy CM Chowna Mein, MLAs Phurpa Tsering, Jambey Tashi, Dorjee Wangdi, Tsering Tashi, Dongru Siongju and others.

Chief Minister formally inaugurated the project by unveiling the inaugural slab and by switching on the device at the power house of the project.

In the side-line of the inauguration, Chief Minister congratulated the Devi Energies Private Limited for completing the project on record time whose foundation was laid in November 2016 by Khandu himself.

Chief Minister hailed the completion of project as not only achievement for the state govt but also an achievement for the local community since it was not possible without their cooperation. The locals welcomed the project and gave it a community participation which resulted in commissioning of the project in record time. He said such support of the locals is need of the hour to make Arunachal a power surplus and power exporting state.

He also said the inaugural may be a simple function but is a historic event since the project is the first to be developed successfully by a private developer in the state.

Chief Minister said Arunachal is known as power house of the nation and if hydro potential is utilized fully, it could change the economic scenario of the state.

Chief Minister, while taking strong stand over failure of several private developers in developing the hydro projects with whom MoUs were singed way back but there has not been any visible development in the projects. He informed that the State Government has already terminated 22 projects worth 3800 MW for its non performance while another 46 more worth 8000 MW approximately have been served notices. Khandu said that these players have lost the confidence of the people. Adding further, the CM revealed that  department review is being conducted in regular intervals and those power developers found non performing  are taken action accordingly.

Reiterating his stand that no project would come up without consultation and consent of the locals, Khandu appreciated the nearby villages who whole hearted supported the project. He disclosed that the Government is exploring more potential HEP in the district and PSUs and serious Individual Private Power Developer (IPPD) like Devi Energies Private Limited would be given priority for executing these projects.

Giving a clarion call to not to fall prey to issue mongers who make issues for their political gain, Khandu said it is time that we change our mindset and think what is good for us. Clean and green energy can change the economy of the state and the region, he emphatically said.

Speaking on other aspects, the CM informed about the pragmatic Industrial policy of the State Government which supports investors in various sectors. He encouraged the villagers to concentrate on Horticulture which has great potential in the region. In order to make market links, the government will be developing a Mini industrial park in Bhalukpong and a mega food park in Banderdewa, Khandu informed.

Dy CM Chowna Mein in his speech exuded happiness over the successful completion of 24 MW Dikshi Hydro Electric Project and said it was historic moment for the state.

Speaking to extremely delighted crowd, Mein said the project is dedicated in service to the state and will contribute to regions growth. Devi Energies Pvt Ltd is the first and only out of many such developers to successfully complete and ready to be synchronised with the State Grid, a happy Dy CM who also holds the power ministry said.

“Arunachal Pradesh is the largest State in the region geographically. However, it has

one of the smallest Power System in the Region. Having said that, I don’t deny the fact that

Arunachal Pradesh has its own stride of development in the power sector and its contribution to the regional benefits in its own way and pace”, the Dy CM said.

He further revealed that the state government is contemplating on concentrating on smaller projects and prefer Public Sector Utilities and serious private power developers like Devi energy private limited to take part.

Among others, CMD Dikshi HEP also spoke on the occasion. Former Speaker T N Thongdok and former Minister D K Thongdok who is also Director of Devi Energy Private Limited were also present on the occasion.


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