State-run hydro power major NHPC’s Chairman and Managing Director KM Singh today called on Sikkim Chief Minister Pawan Chamling to discuss various issues related to the Teesta-IV hydroelectric project.
Issues at Stake
The project recently has run into troubled waters with various groups appealing to the government for its closure. A group of activists namely Affected Citizens of Teesta (ACT), in the past had appealed to the National Green Tribunal, challenging the issuance of environmental clearance for the project.
This has led to the tribunal issuing a notice to the Ministry of Environment & Forests, Sikkim State Pollution Control Board and National Hydro Electric Power Corporation as per National Green Tribunal Act, 2010.
During the meeting, the MD apprised that the meetings of five Gram Sabhas out of 10 have been successfully completed last week for compliance under Forest Rights Act, 2006 and sought support of Sikkim Government for completing the remaining five Gram Sabhas at earliest possible, so that Forest clearance stage-II can be obtained.
Chief Minister Pawan Chamling on his part has assured the hydro power major all possible help and cooperation.
About the Project
Teesta-IV Hydro Electric Project is a run-of- the-river hydropower scheme. It was proposed on Teesta River near Chandey village on the left bank and is one of the many projects planned in the Teesta river basin. The project envisages construction of a 65 m high concrete gravity dam across Teesta River in down-stream of confluence of Runchu with Teesta for the generation of 520 MW hydropower.
The project has a catchment area of 3,910 sq km includes a 65 metre high concrete dam with a gross storage capacity of 18.60 million cubic metre.
The dam site is situated at 77km from Gangtok and 148 km from Siliguri via Singtam. The project when commissioned shall generate 2373 MUs (million units) of clean energy and contribute immensely to the socio-economic development of the area.