Mizoram rivers to generate 2,000 MW power

AIZAWL: Once all the ongoing hydro electric projects in Mizoram are completed, the state will produce at least 2,000 MW of power, a significant leap from the present capacity of generating 17.50 MW.

”Mizoram has a capacity to produce during the peak season only 17.50 MW of electricity, against the total requirement of 100 MW. Once all the ongoing projects are completed, the state will produce 2,000 MW,” Parliamentary Secretary (power & electricity) Lal Thanzara said during a National Energy Conservation Day function here yesterday.

”A lot of money will have to be spent to achieve that,” he said adding conservation of energy is as important as generating it.

Whereas there is shortage of power all over the country, judicious use of energy presently available could save 25,000 MW of power, he maintained.

The state government has signed memorandums of understanding to construct 460 MW Kolodyne Hydro Electric Project, 815 MW Lungreng Hydro Electric Project, 635 MW Chhimtuipui Hydro Electric Project, 76 MW Mat Hydro Electric Project, 42 MW Tuivawl Hydro Electric Project and 38 MW Tuirini Hydro Electric Project.

Construction of 210 MW Tuivai Hydro Electric Project under public private partnetship and 12 MW Serlui B and 60 MW Tuirial Hydro Electric Project are expected to complete in the next few years.

The power and state electricity department was introduced into Mizoram only in 1962 when a diesel engine generated 75 KW of power in Aizawl.

During Thursday’s function, Lal Thanzara handed over state energy conservation award 2011 for hospital group to Greenwood Hospital.

Among the hotels/guest houses, the state guest house received the award. The award carries Rs 10,000 in cash an certificate.

He also distributed prizes of painting competition on the topic of energy conservation among school students.

As conservation measures, the state government has introduced light emitting diode (LED) street lights in Aizawl. Plans are on to install 120 LED street lights in Lunglei in February 2012.

Mizoram has many rivers, creating a huge scope for setting up hydel power projects. (UNI)

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