Arunachal announces new policy for small power projects

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Itanagar, Oct 23 (UNI) The Arunachal Pradesh government has adopted a new power policy to tap some 2000-MW electricity from 66 micro hydel projects acorss the state.

Christened as ''small hydro power policy-2007,'' the policy aim to facilitate employment and business opportunities for private developers from within and outside the state, said Water Resource Minister and government spokesman Tako Dabi today.

The policy was adopted since the government was unable to provide power to the villages in far-flung areas, he added.

Elaborating on the policy, Mr Dabi said as per the policy the projects, to be executed would be on built-operate-owned and transport (BOOT) basis and each developer would have to lay their own transmission lines and would feed in the state grid. Moreover, he said, the developers would themselves collect revenue from the respective village.

The projects, with capacity up to one mega watt, will have no processing fee. However, an amount of Rs 50,000 would be charged as processing fee for projects with capacity above 10 mw and below 25 mw, while Rs 35,000 would be charged for projects between 5 to 10 mw and charge for projects above one mw and below five mw would be Rs 25,000. Each developer would have to provide free power to the state government ranging between five to ten per cent, Mr Dabi disclosed. There would be no free power for local developers for projects up to five mw capacity. However, outsiders have to provide five per cent free power on such projects, he added.

For projects with power capacities between 5 to 10 mw, free power would be eight per cent, while for projects between 10 to 25 mw it would be eight per cent, he informed.

The government would also provide concession on free power for three years for projects up to five mw capacities, while for projects between five to ten mw there would be concession for two years and projects between 10 to 25 mw, moratorium on free power would be for one year, he added.

There would be single window selection system for developers willing to execute such projects and selection would be made by a high-level committee to be constituted by the government, he said and added that memorandum of understanding (MoU) would be signed between the developers and the state government after 30 days of selection of developers. The reservation policy for locals on such projects would be as per the prescribed norms of the MoUs signed earlier for mega projects, he added.

Meanwhile, the state cabinet also adopted the urban and country planning bill in an ordinance form in order to regulate growth of urban centers in a systematic manner in the state, Mr Dabi informed.

UNI

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