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Officials from the Manipur government and North Eastern Electric Power Corportion (NEEPCO) on Thursday signed memoranda of understanding on four hydroelectric power projects.
The projects include the Irung power project, Pabram power project, Khongnem power project and Tuivai power project. Once commissioned, these will generate 60 MW, 190 MW, 66 MW and 71 MW, respectively.
Officials said that the target is to have a generation of 190 MW from the Pabram project in Tamenglong district, and it is estimated that Rs 1,000 crore would be needed to construct it. The Tuivai project in Churachandpur district, will involve a cost Rs 300 crore. The Khongnem project, in Senapati district, will cost Rs 400 crore. The Irung project, in Tamenglong district, will require Rs 330 crore. Manipur will get 12 per cent of the power to be generated free of charge.
The agreement was signed by P.C. Pankaj, chairman of NEEPCO and Kiran Kumar, joint secretary (power) of the Manipur government at Hotel Imphal. Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh and his ministerial colleagues and several MLAs and officials were present.
Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh assured that assistance will be given to NEEPCO during the construction of projects. He said that these projects should be completed within the schedule. He was hopeful that in six years Manipur will be self-sufficient in power.
The Loktak Hydroelectric project run by the National Hydroelectric Power Corporation is generating 105 MW and is shared by the North Eastern states.
The Manipur government and the NHPC had formed the Loktak Downstream Power Corporation for generating 66 MW by a project in Tamenglong district. Chairman Pankaj said that NEEPCO has been taking up many power projects in the NE region and he was hopeful of completing the projects in five years.
Manipur will get 12 per cent of the power free of charge
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