Sanjoy seeks Centre's help for 2000 MW Subansiri project
Expressing concern over the problems being faced in the construction of the 2000 MW Subansiri Lower Hydropower Project (SLHP) in Arunachal Pradesh owing to agitations launched by the KMSS, AASU and other organizations in Assam, Lok Sabha MP Takam Sanjoy has sought the Central Government's intervention to pave way for the expeditious development of the project.
The NHPC started the construction of SLHP in 2005 and it was initially scheduled for commissioning in 2010, but it had to be postponed to 2014 owing to various reasons.
However, the agitations being staged in Assam time and again has brought the project implementation to a complete standstill,
Sanjoy informed the Prime Minister, Union MoS for Power Jyotaridhitya Scindia and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi in separate representations.
The MP along with a few MLAs of Arunachal had taken up the matter with the then Union Power Minister Veerappa Moily after it was found that the NHPC was unable to transport turbine components, construction materials, etc, to the project site at Gerukamukh since December 2011 due to the strikes in Assam.
A planning commission-constituted technical expert committee also examined ways to help the NHPC move forward from its present status and submitted its report to the commission in July 2012.
Sanjoy alleged in his representations that the issue was in fact more of a political than technical nature, and expressed apprehension that the hindrance being caused to the execution of SLHP would have a long-term impact on the development of other hydropower projects allotted to different IPPs in Arunachal besides affecting the economic development of the state which is strategically located along a sensitive border area.
"The issue can be resolved by creating an atmosphere conducive to holding a dialogue with the agitating organisations," Sanjoy said.
He suggested constituting a committee comprising representatives from both the state governments, the NHPC and the concerned joint secretary of the power ministry, "to be headed by either a union minister of state or and MP of the region" to deal with the impasse.
The construction of Subansiri Lower project was started in 2005 after obtaining all the statutory and regulatory clearances from the concerned agencies of the Government of India as well as state governments of Assam and Arunachal.
The start of project has brought about a major increase in the commercial activities and the work at the NHPC funded project near North Lakhimpur on the border of Assam and Aruncachal Pradesh was stopped due to protest from anti-dam agitators. The project which started in 2005 was on the verge of completion when protests disrupted the work at the site, bringing huge loss to the exchequer.