4,284 MW power proposed in North-Eastern Region during 11th Plan

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Imphal, Nov 10 (UNI) A capacity addition of 4,284 MW has been proposed in the North-Eastern Region during the 11th Plan period, including 4,100 MW in the Central sector.

''Most of the states do not produce adequate power to meet the demands,'' state power department officials said.

The projects, aggregating to 2,744 MW, now under construction, are the Myntdu HEP St I at Meghalaya having 84 MW capacity, Lakwa Waste Heat at Assam having 37 MW capacity, Dimapur DG at Nagaland having 23 MW capacity, Kameng HEP at Arunachal Pradesh having 600 MW capacity and Subansiri Lower HEP at Arunachal Pradesh having 2,000 MW capacity. The two projects in Arunachal Pradesh are Central projects.

The Centre is also planning to take up Tipaimukh project in Manipur with an installed capacity of 1,500 MW but is facing resistance from the people of the state.

Assam requires 850 MW during peak hours but it has only 721.80 MW capacity, Meghalaya requires 370 MW but produces only 189.08 MW, Tripura requires 140 MW and produces 148.36 MW, Manipur requires 130 MW but produces only 50.86 MW, Nagaland requires 80 MW but produces 30.67 MW, Arunachal Pradesh requires 80 MW but produces 61.15, Mizoram requires 60 MW but produces 69.33 MW.

Minor hydro projects are also planned as the big projects have great environmental impact like the Loktak hydro project in Manipur.

The Loktak project with a capacity of 36 MW has stopped the natural flow of the water due to construction of a dam.


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