Complete hydro power projects in time or face action: Khandu

Last Updated: Saturday, April 10, 2010 - 20:57

Tawang: Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister
Dorjee Khandu Sunday said the state government would cancel the
hydro power projects of those private developers who do not
complete them well in time.

Khandu also asserted that he would give away those
cancelled projects to public sector undertakings or even to
other private players.

These projects have power generation capacity of over 77
per cent of the total capacity addition under execution in the
state.

Addressing India-Tech Foundation`s 5th Hydro Power
Convention, Khandu said, "The state government has entered
into agreements with private players to develop 29,660 MW
electricity generation capacity against 8,735 MW to be
developed by the public sector."

The major hydel projects with private developers in the
state include Reliance Energy (six projects totaling 4,220
MW), Athena Energy Venture (three projects totaling 3,665 MW),
Mountain Fall India (three projects totaling 3,300 MW) and
Jaiprakash Associates (two projects totalling 3,200 MW) and
KSK Electricity Financing India (three projects totaling 2,750
MW).

Pointing out the issue of employment, Khandu said,
"private as well as public sector developers are required to
provide employment to localites in accordance with the New
Hydro Power Policy 2008, but many of them are not doing so."

"The developers should provide employment to local boys,
which is very necessary for the growth of the state`s
economy," he said in the presence of Minister of State for
Power Bharat Sinh Solanki, who reiterated the same in his
address.

Stressing the need to harness hydro power potential in
the country, Solanki said, "There should be a mix of 40:60 per
cent for hydro and thermal power, but at present just 23.6 per
cent of installed generation capacity in the country comes
from this renewable source of energy."

"The world is facing the brunt of climate change through
various carbon generating thermal plants and industries and
during such state of concern, harnessing the vast hydro power
potential to meet power shortage in the country and the world
is the need of the hour," Solanki added.

Arunachal Pradesh has hydro power potential of over
57,000 MW.

The two-day Convention was attended by over 250 delegates
from across the country. India-Tech Foundation is a 12-year
old industry body, which facilitates growth of power and
infrastructure sectors in the country.

PTI



First Published: Saturday, April 10, 2010 - 20:57

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