Getting clearances major hindrance for hydro projects: Arunachal Pradesh CM Pema Khandu

GUWAHATI: Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu on Friday said that major hindrance with hydro power project is time consumed in getting clearances which extends beyond 10 years.

Khandu made the remarks while speaking at the Confederation of Indian Industries (CII) event here on Friday.

The CM said that one of the major hindrances in its growth is the long duration for the hydro projects to obtain clearances that extends beyond 10 years. He said the issue must be discussed to sort out such hindrances. Locals must be brought into confidence before going ahead with hydro projects. He further said the concerns of downstream people must also be taken onboard.

Arunachal Pradesh is known as the power house of India however several projects are caught in logjam and are facing massive delays.

He said the state has great potential in tourism, hydro, agri-horti sector but is not exploited to full due to lack of good connectivity. He, however, remained optimist that with assistance from central government on rail, road and air connectivity, the connectivity bottleneck will be overcome in coming days.

Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal said that the new generation wants a new wave of change which catapult development and employment generation in North East. Under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, North East is going towards a new era of development. Under Narendra Modi’s leadership the new generation entrepreneurs could fuel a business mentality which has set in motion an industrial development in the region.

Sonowal said that the Global Investors’ Summit held at Guwahati in February last added a new dimension to industrialization in the state. As a result of the Act East Policy enunciated by the Centre, a new era of connectivity between North East and other ASIAN countries have been developed.

For the first time that CII held its national executive meeting in Guwahati in its history.

Source: Economic Times