The power sector of Arunachal Pradesh is slated for a makeover soon. The central government is interested in making the power sector here more vibrant. Recently, after meeting Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu, Union Power Minister Piyush Goyal said, ‘We will provide 110% support to Arunachal Pradesh to make power sector vibrant. The state government should initiate result oriented approach to ensure that power sector, which has huge potential in Arunachal Pradesh sees a major boost in the days to come.’
Khandu had earlier proposed for constitution of a high level group of ministers to resolve issues of Hydro power in the state, so that the projects which at present have been facing bottlenecks on various grounds can be brought back on track.
Meeting of Piyush Goyal with Pema Khandu
Chief Minister appraised Goyal about the missing links in the 132 KV transmission grid project funded by Govt of India which does not have Khup-Tawang, Rupai-Namsai, Bomdila-Kalaktang and Likabali-Basar zones under the project. He requested him to incorporate the left out/ missing links under the project. Khandu also pitched for consideration of a proposal for 89 MW solar park at Tezu.
Apart from power issues, CM requested the Union Ministry to consider for reopening of Namchik-Namphuk Coal field which had been a major source of revenue generation for the state. ‘The economic growth and local subsistence avenues have also been grossly affected by the closure of the project. Therefore, the Government of India is requested to examine the matter of reopening the project at the earliest,’ appealed Khandu.
Khandu was accompanied by Chief Secretary, Commissioner Power, High ranking state Government officials during the meeting while from the Ministry side; the Minister was joined by Secretary Power (GoI), Additional Secretary (Power) and Joint Secretary.