Kokrajhar, Dec 3 (UNI) The foundation for the first hydel power project under Private-Public Partnership(PPP) model in the entire North East was laid over river Champamati in Assam's Chirang district today.
With an investment of Rs 40 crore, the four MW mini hydel power project will be completed within two years.
In this first project under the power generation sector in NE under the PPP model, the Bodoland Infrastructure Development Commission has collaborated with the Hayen Hydel Power Company Pvt Ltd Chirang falls under the Bodoland Territorial Areas District (BTAD) and is governed by an autonomous council, BTC.
As per the clause of the MoU signed between the two parties, 7.5 per cent of the total power produced in the plant will be available to the BTAD areas free of cost. Moreover, the entire power plant will be handed over to the BTC after a period of 35 years.
Within January, two more mini hydel power projects would be launched in the BTAD and all three will start production within three years. The two other projects will produce altogether seven MW and will be over river Ruposi and river Pohumara.
Laying the foundation stone today, BTC chief Hagrama Mohilary said the power projects were in the line of various developmental projects to be implemented in BTAD, using the natural resources available vastly in the area.
State Transport Minister Chandan Brahma was also present on the occasion, besides other dignitaries.