ITANAGAR, April 24 - In what appears to be a positive development, Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal and his Arunachal Pradesh counterpart Pema Khandu �assured� the Centre that the 2,000 MW Lower Subansiri Hydroelectric Project at Gerukamukh along the Assam-Arunachal boundary would be put back on track immediately and there would be no further delay in the project.
Both the Chief Ministers gave this assurance when Union Power Minister Piyush Goyal took a comprehensive review of issues relating to power/hydropower development of Arunachal Pradesh with them in New Delhi today.
Works on the Lower Subansiri Project had been stalled since December 2011 due to protests from anti-dam groups from Assam.
Reiterating his stand over the Lower Subansiri Project, Arunachal Chief Minister Pema Khandu said, �This project has been stuck for a long time. It is perhaps time that a meeting with the Chief Minister of Assam is called to kickstart the project. Local residents of Arunachal Pradesh have huge expectations from this project, which will be a first step in realising the hydro dream of the state.�
When Khandu raised the issue of fast tracking the Khuppi-Bomdila-Tawang 132 KV transmission line and Bomdila-Kalaktang 132 KV transmission line, the Union Power Minister directed the CMD of Power Grid Corporation of India Ltd (PGCIL) to start implementation of work of this line over the next few months.
While informing that 600 MW Kameng and 110 MW Pare hydropower projects are scheduled to be commissioned this year after much delay, Khandu requested Goyal to firmly advise NEEPCO to complete these two projects this year only without further delay.
Apparently, Kameng has been projected for completion for January 2018 and Pare by December 2017.