GUWAHATI, Feb 23 � Even as there has been uproars on the safety aspects of the 2000-MW Lower Subansiri Hydroelectric Power Project (LSHEP) and the State Government is also maintaining a firm stand on the issue of continuing with the construction of the project, according to a Union Ministry of Power notification, the share of power earmarked for Assam from the project is 208 MW.
The Ministry of Power (MoP) in its notification issued on July 17, 2009 [No- 11/1/2002- DO (NHPC)] stated that the NE region would get a share of 1,000 MW of power from the project and the share of power Assam would get from the project would stand to be 208 MW in total.
On the other hand, Arunachal Pradesh stands to be the biggest beneficiary with 560 MW of power from the project (with 260 MW, which is 13 per cent of the total generation, as free power) as the home state along with 34 MW allocated as its share. The shares of power of the other NE states are-Manipur- 43 MW, Meghalaya- 49 MW, Nagaland- 29 MW, Tripura - 49 MW and Mizoram 28 MW, said sources in the State Power Department quoting the said MoP notification.
The notification is silent on the much- talked- about 25 MW of power Assam is supposed to get as free power. This is despite the fact that Gerukamukh, from where the electricity will be generated, is located inside Assam's territory.
The rest of the 1,000 MW of power evacuated from the project would be distributed among the Western and Northern Grid states of the country. The quota of Haryana from the project is 43 MW, while that of Punjab is 64 MW, Rajasthan's share is 93 MW, Uttar Pradesh share is 182 MW and Delhi's share is 113 MW.
From the project, Gujarat's share is fixed as 162 MW, Madhya Pradesh share is fixed as 105 MW, Maharashtra share is fixed as 183 MW, Chattisgarh share is fixed as 42 MW and Chandigarh's share is fixed as 05 MW.