GUWAHATI, Nov 13 � Union Power Minister Piyush Goel is planning to hold a meeting with all the stakeholders including the organisations agitating against the Lower Subansiri Hydropower project next month in an attempt to break the impasse regarding completion of the project. Meanwhile, the Centre is likely to entrust the North Eastern Electric Power Corporation (NEEPCO) to implement a 600-MW thermal power project in Margherita.
The Government of India is keen on taking new initiatives to break the impasse regarding the implementation of the project and Union Minister of State for Sports and Youth Welfare Sarbananda Sonowal has already spoken to the Power Minister on the issue. Sonowal told The Assam Tribune that the Government of India would not take any decision on the Subansiri project without consulting the people of Assam and that is why, the Power Minister would hold talks with all concerned. Different organisations of Assam have expressed apprehensions regarding the safety issues of the project and the Power Minister would hold detailed discussions on the issues. However, it is still not decided whether officials of the Ministry of Environment and Forest would be involved in the meeting.
Meanwhile, the Government of India has expressed interest in setting up of a coal-based thermal power project in Margherita. Sonowal said that he had talks with Goel on the issue as there is need for improving the power situation in the State as soon as possible for ensuring development of Assam. He said that Goel has shown interest in implementing the project. Though the agency to be engaged for implementing the project is yet to be finalised, the NEEPCO may get the nod from the Power Ministry.