Sanjoy asks Centre to constitute high powered committee to end Subansiri impasse

Last Updated: Sat, Mar 02, 2013 12:00 hrs

Member of Parliament Takam Sanjoy has asked the Central Government to constitute a high powered committee to have dialogue with agitating parties and pave the way for the expeditious development of the 2000 MW Subansiri Lower Hydropower Project (SLHP) in Arunachal Pradesh.

The NHPC started the construction of the 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 by the protesting groups led by the Krishak Mukti Sangram Samity (KMSS) has brought the project implementation to a complete standstill.

The Member of Parliament from Arunachal Pradesh (West), Sanjoy, accompanied by Deputy Resident Commissioner KN Damo on Friday evening called on Secretary Power P. Uma Shankar and Joint Secretary G Sai Prasad, who is also National Hydroelectric Power Corporation (NHPC) chairman.

Sanjoy also briefed the Power Secretary about meeting held with the then Union Power Minister Veerappa Moily and situation arising out of suspension of work at of the 2000 MW Subansiri Lower Hydropower Project.

He also discussed with the Power Secretary about letter written to Minister of State (Independent charge) for Power Jyotaridhitya Scindia over constitution of a high powered committee headed by the Power Minister or by a Member of Parliament as the issue has turned political.

Sanjoy said: "The committee should consist of representatives of governments of Assam and Arunachal Pradesh, the NHPC and Joint Secretary hydro power should be the member secretary."

He further said that the committee should have a direct dialogue with the KMSS and the Assam Government to speed up the project.

Expressing concern over the problems being faced in the construction of the SLHP, Sanjoy asked the Central Government to directly intervene to pave way for the expeditious development of the project.

A team led by officials from the Prime Minister's Office visited the project site this month to examine ways to move the construction forward.

Sanjoy in his representation to the Power Ministry officials said 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 in Arunachal Pradesh.

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. (ANI)

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