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Hydel projects to thwart Chinese designs

By Staff Reporter

GUWAHATI, Jan 31 � The Union Ministry of Power (MoP) has argued that the timely grant of environment and forest clearances for the proposed hydel projects in Arunachal Pradesh is crucial to ensure India�s right over the Brahmaputra, which is facing a grave danger of being diverted by China. This has been reported by the energyline india.com, an Internet portal on the country�s power sector in its latest issue.

In a recent communication to the Cabinet Secretariat, the MoP has demanded that the Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) act fast on consideration of projects being proposed in the Siang river basin of Brahmaputra to facilitate their speedy execution.

Besides, quick green approvals for projects in this hydropower rich State are also required�if the country is to achieve its�target of nearly 1,50,000 to 2,00,000 MW of fresh capacity addition over the 12th and 13th Plan periods, so as�to sustain an annual growth rate of nine per cent for the economy, said the MoP communication, as quoted by the power sector portal.

In another report, the portal said that the MoP also brushed aside the apprehensions�expressed by the�Arunachal Pradesh Government regarding�the safety of the dam at NHPC�s 2,000 MW Subansiri Lower project, claiming�that all the relevant recognized institutes of the country were consulted to set the design parameters for the project.

The MoP maintains that the Central Water Commission (CWC), Geological Survey of India (GSI), Central Soil & Materials Research Station, Delhi and Central Water and Power Research Station, Pune as well as IIT Roorkee, have all�checked and approved the project parameters, with regards to all safety aspects as well.

Besides, considering the fact that the entire Himalayas lie in a Seismic Zone-V, extensive survey�and investigation activities are carried out�post allocation�for all the hydel projects, to prepare their Detailed Project Reports (DPR), which are then vetted by the Central Electricity Authority (CEA) for concurrence.

While doing so, the CEA also examines various technical aspects, including the dam safety and design of various structures in consultation with CWC and GSI.

Further, site specific seismic studies are also carried out for all the hydel projects and put up�before the National Committee on Seismic Design Parameters for their recommendations, thereby�leaving no room for any potential danger, said the repot of the portal referring to the claims the MoP.

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Hydel projects to thwart Chinese designs

GUWAHATI, Jan 31 � The Union Ministry of Power (MoP) has argued that the timely grant of environment and forest clearances for the proposed hydel projects in Arunachal Pradesh is crucial to ensure India�s right over the Brahmaputra, which is facing a grave danger of being diverted by China. This has been reported by the energyline india.com, an Internet portal on the country�s power sector in its latest issue.

In a recent communication to the Cabinet Secretariat, the MoP has demanded that the Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) act fast on consideration of projects being proposed in the Siang river basin of Brahmaputra to facilitate their speedy execution.

Besides, quick green approvals for projects in this hydropower rich State are also required�if the country is to achieve its�target of nearly 1,50,000 to 2,00,000 MW of fresh capacity addition over the 12th and 13th Plan periods, so as�to sustain an annual growth rate of nine per cent for the economy, said the MoP communication, as quoted by the power sector portal.

In another report, the portal said that the MoP also brushed aside the apprehensions�expressed by the�Arunachal Pradesh Government regarding�the safety of the dam at NHPC�s 2,000 MW Subansiri Lower project, claiming�that all the relevant recognized institutes of the country were consulted to set the design parameters for the project.

The MoP maintains that the Central Water Commission (CWC), Geological Survey of India (GSI), Central Soil & Materials Research Station, Delhi and Central Water and Power Research Station, Pune as well as IIT Roorkee, have all�checked and approved the project parameters, with regards to all safety aspects as well.

Besides, considering the fact that the entire Himalayas lie in a Seismic Zone-V, extensive survey�and investigation activities are carried out�post allocation�for all the hydel projects, to prepare their Detailed Project Reports (DPR), which are then vetted by the Central Electricity Authority (CEA) for concurrence.

While doing so, the CEA also examines various technical aspects, including the dam safety and design of various structures in consultation with CWC and GSI.

Further, site specific seismic studies are also carried out for all the hydel projects and put up�before the National Committee on Seismic Design Parameters for their recommendations, thereby�leaving no room for any potential danger, said the repot of the portal referring to the claims the MoP.

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