Arunachal Pradesh to See Major Boost with 13 Hydroelectric Projects Worth Rs 1.4 Lakh Crore

Union Power Minister R. K. Singh recently announced the launch of 13 under-construction hydroelectric projects in Arunachal Pradesh, India. These projects are expected to generate a total capacity of 13,000 MW and bring in an investment of around Rs 1.4 lakh crore. This development is aimed at substantially increasing the per capita income of the state and providing clean power to the nation. Singh highlighted the importance of hydroelectric projects, noting that round-the-clock renewable energy is not possible without hydro power​​​​​​.

During his visit to the 2000 MW Subansiri Lower Hydroelectric Project located at the border of Arunachal Pradesh and Assam, Singh inspected the construction sites, including the dam, intake structures, and diversion tunnels in Gerukamukh, Assam. He was briefed about the ongoing construction activities and the progress of the project. Singh instructed officials and contractors to work with maximum zeal to complete the project as per schedule​​.

Singh emphasized that hydropower is vital for India’s energy transition to renewables, and that the nation’s hydroelectric capacity, which currently stands at 47,000 MW, is just 35% of its total potential. He pointed out that developed countries have utilized up to 80% of their hydro potential, indicating significant growth potential for India in this sector. Furthermore, he noted that India’s power demand surged by 20% in the latter part of 2023, a trend expected to continue as the economy grows. This increasing demand for power is set to double by 2030​​​​​​.

Additionally, Singh commented on India’s progress in energy transition, noting that the country had achieved its Paris COP21 commitment to non-fossil fuel capacity nine years ahead of schedule. Despite the low per capita carbon emissions in India compared to developed nations, he affirmed the country’s right to use fossil fuels for its growth if necessary​​.

These 13 hydroelectric projects in Arunachal Pradesh represent a significant step towards enhancing India’s clean energy capabilities and addressing the growing power demand in the country. The investment in these projects not only underscores the commitment to sustainable energy but also promises economic growth and development for the region.



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