National Hydroelectric Power Corporation (NHPC) executive director A.K. Chabbra told IANS “More than 50 percent of the construction work has been completed and we hope to commission the entire project by December 2014.”
The nearly Rs.9,000 crore project that began in 2003 is mired in a blazing row with some environmental and pressure groups in Assam making vociferous protests and demanding the scrapping of construction work, citing adverse ecological and environmental impact in downstream areas in Assam.
The Arunachal Pradesh government has signed MoUs with several private firms for 10 major hydropower projects to spawn an estimated 30,000 MW power in 10 years.
The state, bordering Myanmar and the Tibet region, has the underlying to generate an estimated 50,000 MW of hydropower.
Among the major projects presently being executed in the state are the Ranganadi project, the Subansari project and the Taloh power project.
In spite of stiff opposition, the Arunachal Pradesh government is determined to persist the construction of dams.