Surrender 12pc share in hydel project: Centre to Govt

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Aizawl, Mar 19: The Centre has urged the Mizoram government to surrender the 12 per cent share in the Tuirial hydro power project in order to resume the suspended work even as some groups criticised the state's share in the project as ''too meagre''.

Mizoram Chief Minister Zoramthanga, who also holds the Power and Electricity portfolios, said during Question Hour at the Assembly today, ''The Union Power Ministry has asked Mizoram if we would buy the power produced at Rs three per unit, to which I replied in the affirmative because we need power urgently. However, the Centre's insistence to surrender the 12 per cent state share is unacceptable.'' Mr Zoramthanga was replying to Opposition leader and former Chief Minister Lal Thanhawla, who said the Centre had received negative response from the state government which prevented the hydel project from being resumed.

Ignoring the Congress Legislators' uproar, the Chief Minister maintained that the claimed compensation amount on the hydel project was only three per cent of the total cost which was not ''too high''.

The Congress had alleged that too much compensation was being provided and most of the claimants were allegedly the Chief Minister's relatives, which was the cause of discontinuation of the project.

The original question to this debate was asked by Opposition member Sailothanga Sailo about the plans to convert electric cables in Aizawl city into aerial bunched cables.

The Chief Minister said tenders for supply of accessories were being floated and work would begin soon. He informed that the aerial bunched cables had arrived from manufacturers. The idea had been conceived by the Chief Minister as he was concerned over frequent accidents due to naked wires.

Mr Zoramthanga also said plans were on for underground cables in the capital under the urban development project.

''Not only electric cables, water pipelines will be constructed co-coordinately,'' he said.

In response to Congress member Liansailova, who had voiced concern that some localities under his Aizawl North II constituency had not been connected by transmission lines, Mr Zoramthanga said tenders were being floated for power line extension for the entire state and the work would commence in April.

UNI

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