Asserting that the Centre is concerned about development in the northeastern states, Arunachal Pradesh Power Minister Tenzing Norbu Thongdok said that Union Minister of State for Power Piyush Goyal has given assurance to develop hydro-power, solar and thermal projects in his state.
“We plan to go for electrification of these villages which cannot be covered under transmission lines, which are very far off through grid mode, that is providing solar photovoltaic electrification of to each household,” he said.
“The central government is very positive. Union MoS Power Piyush Goyal has requested and suggested us to submit schemes. He said that he will support the metering system. He said he will also support roof top solar voltaic system which will be given to us.”
He also said to the reporters, “100 megawatts solar powers will come up in Arunachal Pradesh. He will give all technical support and also try to enhance the subsidies in the solar power development in the state.”
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Regarding the setting up a coal base thermal plant at Kharsang ,Thongdok said Goyal has directed the Coal and Power Secretary Anil Swarup to assist the Arunachal Pradesh government in the setting up of the thermal plant.
“The union power minister was very positive about thermal project and coal deposits in Arunachal Pradesh. He never knew about that. We told him that new locations are being identified and Goyal said that we should go ahead with the thermal project and see that the coal thermal plant is established,” he said.
Thongdok said that on the issue of wind energy, he has submitted plans related to the use of high-velocity winds to Goyal.
He said the central government has also agreed to sanction smart meters for all households and to supply LED bulbs at a subsidized rate.
On the issue of imposing ban on development of the small hydro power projects by the Ministry of Environment and Forests, Thongdok said Goyal has promised to take up the issue.
Talking about electricity development plans in Arunachal Pradesh, Thongdok said his government has taken up scheme under the Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Gram Jyoti Yojana Scheme (DDUGJY).