Arunachal power talks

Arunachal Pradesh chief minister Pema Khandu meets the delegation in New Delhi on Wednesday

Itanagar: Union power secretary Ajay Bhalla, along with senior officers of the power ministry and Rural Electrification Corporation Ltd, called on Arunachal Pradesh chief minister Pema Khandu in New Delhi on Wednesday.

Bhalla sought Khandu’s support for expeditious completion of the rural electrification programme under Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Gramjyoti Yojana.

Of the 319 villages which were to be electrified on the grid mode, 204 have already been electrified. Apart from this, 901 villages are being electrified on the off-grid mode through household solar power installations.

Khandu mentioned clearly that he had issued directions to the officials of the state power department to complete the process of electrification by February this year as electrification to each and every household has been on the priority card of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

The power secretary also mentioned that 140 villages that are within the 2km of the grid would also be put on the grid mode for reliable and continuous power supply.

Khandu agreed with the suggestion and said action would be taken accordingly.

Bhalla also informed the chief minister that the Centre had decided to add new 132kV transmission projects on the Khupi-Tawang, Bomdilla-Kalaktang and other missing links under the comprehensive scheme over and above the existing projects.

Bhalla also apprised Khandu on the progress of the Kameng (600MW) hydroelectric power project and the Pare (110MW) hydroelectric project that would be commissioned by March this year and the Prime Minister will be requested to inaugurate them.

Damien Lepcha Telegraph India

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