Cabinet panel may take up 3 hydro power projects soon

On 2 January, 2013, the CCI was set up with the prime minister as its chairman to expedite decisions on approvals and clearances for implementation of more than Rs 1000 crore projects. The committee was formed to improve the investment environment by bringing transparency, efficiency and accountability while giving approvals.

It was learnt that all these projects were held up for not getting clearance on environmental and forest related issues. The four projects including 800 MW project in Tawang and 700 MW project in Tato in Arunachal Pradesh. In Sikkim, 520 MW Teesta project is also put on hold. All these projects have been awaiting environmental clearances.

The fourth one is Lanco Infratech Ltd, which has failed to get environment ministry approval for the final 2 percent of the land it required for Rs. 6,930 crore power-plant in Odisha. The project is stalled for more than three years. The power generating unit is among the 42 projects approved by the CCI in 2013.

Sources said minister of state for power (Independent Charge) Jyotiraditya M. Scindia has recently sent a letter to the CCI reportedly mentioning the ‘urgency’ of getting ‘no-objection certificate’ regarding clearance to complete the project at the earliest.

In 2009, the National Hydroelectric Power Corporation (NHPC) was awarded the Teesta Stage-IV Hydroelectric project along river Teesta River in Sikkim. Then the run-of-the-river project was estimated at Rs. 3,594.74 crore. The project, which is already delayed for almost a year, was supposed to supply electricity to Sikkim, West Bengal, Bihar, Orissa and Jharkhand.

The Tawang Hydroelectric Project on Tawangchu River with an estimated project cost of Rs. 6,112.30 crore. The 700-MW Tata hydro power project in Arunchal Pradesh is being set up by Tato Hydro Power Private Ltd, which is a subsidiary company of Reliance Power.
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