Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday arrived in Aizawl to inaugurate the Tuirial Hydropower Project, officials said.

Upon landing at the Lengpui Airport in the capital, Modi tweeted: “Reached Aizawl. Looking forward to interacting with the people of Mizoram”

Modi will formally dedicate the 60 MW Tuirial Hydro Electric Power Project (HEPP) to the nation.

The Tuirial HEPP has been constructed as a Central Sector Project and implemented by North Eastern Electric Power Corporation (NEEPCO), under the administrative control of the Ministry of Power.

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) cleared the Project for implementation in July 1998 with commissioning scheduled in July 2006.

After completion of about 30 per cent of the project activities, the works were suspended in 2004 due to local agitation.

With sustained efforts by NEEPCO and with active support of Ministry of Power and Ministry of DoNER, the stalled works of the project were resumed in January 2011.

The project is the biggest power-project located in Mizoram and will feed the entire energy to be generated to the home state.

The state’s current demand of electricity is only 87 MW and this is being met by state’s mini power projects and availability of its share of power from central sector projects.

With the additional 60 MW of electricity from the project, Mizoram will now be the third power-surplus state in north-east India after Sikkim and Tripura.

Apart from attaining self-sufficiency in electric power, the project will fetch other spin-off benefits to the state of Mizoram like employment generation, navigation, water supply, pisciculture and wild life conservation, tourism.