CSST&DS will be a game changer for State: Taga

CSST&DS will be a game changer for State: Taga17101201

ITANAGAR, Oct 11: Apparently unhappy with the State-owned electric utility company Power Grid Corporation of India Limited (PGCIL)’s present pace of work on the ‘Comprehensive Scheme for Strengthening of Transmission and Distribution Systems (CSST&DS) in Arunachal Pradesh’, State’s Power Minister Tamiyo Taga said that because of the “delay” in development of the much needed 132KV State Grid, upcoming hydro electric projects under State sector have been put on rest.

Attending the 18th North Eastern Regional Power Committee (NERPC) meeting at Shillong today, Taga said, “The Comprehensive Scheme for Strengthening of Transmission and Distribution System in AP, sanctioned by Govt of India, with a project cost of Rs 3200 crore was handed over to the PGCIL which was to be executed within four years. However, no activities are seen in the field anywhere in the state even after (passing of) three years. Despite having their expertise and experience in the state of constructing transmission lines, the Corporation is trailing much behind the expected level of performance.”

The Minister informed that because of this delay the developers of Dikshi Hydro Electric Project (24MW) and Palsi HEP (24MW), which were in the advance stages of completion, have been forced to halt their works.

Impressing upon the POWERGRID, a constituent of NERPC, to take up the execution of these works without further delay, Taga observed that being the backbone of the State Grid, the comprehensive scheme once complete shall be a “game changer” for overall development of the State.

While informing that the State has hydro power potential of 50 GW which could become the powerhouse of the country, the Minister made a special request to his counterpart from Assam to cooperate with Arunachal to help tap these potentials taking into consideration the regional and national interest.

While pointing that, on the Chinese side of river Brahmaputra, China has developed mega hydro projects, he said, “We should also think seriously about it” and stressed on the necessity to make use of its (Arunachal’s) potential in India as well at the earliest possible. In this regard, he appealed to the people not to raise issues of downstream impacts without understanding the Impact Assessment Appraisals and Redressal schemes.

On the transmission cost of electricity, Taga expressed his worries that present method of transmission cost is complicated. It has been learnt that transmission cost of POWERGRID becomes unaffordable if purchased from a longer distance. He opined that cost of electricity transmission within the country should have been same irrespective of distance and direction. He suggested that the cost of electricity transmission is made analogous to postage stamp on per unit basis.

Today’s meeting was attended by Power Ministers from Assam, Meghalaya, Tripura and Nagaland besides senior officers of NERPC, NERLDC and State Govts of NE Region. All senior officials of CPSUs, State power sector utilities and other stakeholders also attended the meeting.

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