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State govt asks NHPC not to divert fund

By STAFF REPORTER

GUWAHATI, July 30 - With funds allocated for protection measures in the downstream of the NHPC�s Lower Subansiri hydroelectric project falling short, the Assam government has asked the power company not to divert the required amount from the fund meant for carrying out downstream developmental work.

Replying to a question by independent MLA Bhubon Pegu in the Assembly today, State Parliamentary Affairs Minister Chandra Mohan Patowary said with the allocated Rs 145 crore falling short for the downstream protection measures in the 30-km stretch of the project, the NHPC authorities intend to take an additional Rs 121 crore from the fund meant for development works like livelihood intervention schemes and other facilities.

The livelihood intervention schemes and other facilities for which a sum of Rs 320 crore has been earmarked includes schemes like piggery, handloom, sericulture, NHPC fellowship, construction of toilets, safe drinking water, medical camps, etc.

The minister informed the House that the downstream protection measures for which Rs 145 crore was assigned included construction of jack jetties, gabion mattresses, gabion boxes and sack gabion.

�A core committee constituted under the chairmanship of the additional chief secretary of the planning and development department is looking into the matter and we have asked the NHPC to provide an additional Rs 121 crore from their end to complete the downstream protection work,� Patowary said, adding that consultation was on over this issue.

As per the power purchase agreement with the NHPC, Assam would get a total of 533 MW power from the 2,000 MW Lower Subansiri project, which include 25 MW free power. The minister also informed the House that all the projects were being done as per the approval and consultation with the core group. The core committee includes NHPC officials and local MP and MLAs.

Raising the issue during the Question Hour, Pegu asked whether or not the Government of Assam was aware about development projects being taken up in the area since Assam was going to face the most adverse impact of the Lower Subansiri project.

�The downstream people will have no water when the turbines would be off, but we are going to have a flood-like situation as soon as the water is released from the project. The downstream impact mitigation projects must be planned thoroughly, making the best use of the money meant for the purpose,� he added.

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State govt asks NHPC not to divert fund

GUWAHATI, July 30 - With funds allocated for protection measures in the downstream of the NHPC�s Lower Subansiri hydroelectric project falling short, the Assam government has asked the power company not to divert the required amount from the fund meant for carrying out downstream developmental work.

Replying to a question by independent MLA Bhubon Pegu in the Assembly today, State Parliamentary Affairs Minister Chandra Mohan Patowary said with the allocated Rs 145 crore falling short for the downstream protection measures in the 30-km stretch of the project, the NHPC authorities intend to take an additional Rs 121 crore from the fund meant for development works like livelihood intervention schemes and other facilities.

The livelihood intervention schemes and other facilities for which a sum of Rs 320 crore has been earmarked includes schemes like piggery, handloom, sericulture, NHPC fellowship, construction of toilets, safe drinking water, medical camps, etc.

The minister informed the House that the downstream protection measures for which Rs 145 crore was assigned included construction of jack jetties, gabion mattresses, gabion boxes and sack gabion.

�A core committee constituted under the chairmanship of the additional chief secretary of the planning and development department is looking into the matter and we have asked the NHPC to provide an additional Rs 121 crore from their end to complete the downstream protection work,� Patowary said, adding that consultation was on over this issue.

As per the power purchase agreement with the NHPC, Assam would get a total of 533 MW power from the 2,000 MW Lower Subansiri project, which include 25 MW free power. The minister also informed the House that all the projects were being done as per the approval and consultation with the core group. The core committee includes NHPC officials and local MP and MLAs.

Raising the issue during the Question Hour, Pegu asked whether or not the Government of Assam was aware about development projects being taken up in the area since Assam was going to face the most adverse impact of the Lower Subansiri project.

�The downstream people will have no water when the turbines would be off, but we are going to have a flood-like situation as soon as the water is released from the project. The downstream impact mitigation projects must be planned thoroughly, making the best use of the money meant for the purpose,� he added.

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