Ashapani micro hydel project commissioned in Arunachal

Itanagar: The 2×30 kilo watt Ashapani micro hydel project has been commissioned in Chaglagam circle under remote Anjaw district of Arunachal Pradesh bordering China.

With the commissioning of the project recently, the long-awaited demand of the circle for total electrification of the remotest circle and its adjoining villages has been fulfilled, official sources said here on Thursday.

Chaglagam was in news recently over the intrusion of Chinese troops across the Line of Control in August.

Meanwhile, the department has been working on another hydel project, 2×100 KW Kachopani project in the same circle which is expected to be completed by December, sources said.

Both the projects were funded under the Special Plan Assistance (SPA) of the Prime Minister’s package.

“Each and every household is lighted up despite its remoteness as the micro hydel, a dream project of the circle, has at last succeeded. Inaccessibility and tough topography caused immense hurdles and it was tough for us to make the project functional,” informed P Tripathi, Assistant Engineer of the Department based at Chaglagam.

The district has tremendous scope for hydel power generation due to various perennial streams and rivers.

So, the Hydro Power department has been making all-out efforts to harness their potentials at various pockets of the circles in the district in order to make Anjaw a ‘power house’ district in next few years, Tripathi said.

A switch yard needed to be constructed to connect the power grid to supply in the power deficit districts including Lohit, Dibang and Lower Dibang Valley, Changlang and Tirap, he added. (PTI)

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