Prime Minister Narendra Modi will formally dedicate the 60 MW Tuirial Hydro Electric Power Project (HEPP) in Mizoram to the nation tomorrow.
PM Modi will also launch ‘MyDoNER App’ and will distribute cheques to the Start-up Entrepreneurs Aizawl tomorrow.
PM Modi along with Governor of Mizoram, Lt Gen.(Retd.) Nirbhay Sharma, Chief Minister of Mizoram, Lal Thanhawla, Minister of State (IC) for Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), Minister of State (IC) for Power and New & Renewable Energy R.K. Singh and other government officers will grace the event.
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, government of India.
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% of the project activities, the works were totally suspended in 2004 due to local agitation.
With sustained efforts by NEEPCO and with active support of Ministry of Power and Ministry of DoNER, government of India and government of Mizoram, the stalled works of the project were resumed in January 2011.
However, the project works were completed successfully, leading to commissioning of Unit-I on 25-08-2017 and Unit-II on 28-11-2017.
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.