Representative image The government approved the largest hydropower project, Dibang Multipurpose Project, in Arunachal Pradesh, to be developed by NHPC.
The cost of the Dibang hydropower project in Arunachal is estimated to be Rs 31,876.39 crore at May 2021 price level. The government has approved a budgetary support of Rs 6,159.40 crore towards flood moderation and Rs 556.15 crore towards enabling infrastructure.
The estimated completion period for the project is expected to be nine years from receipt of the government sanction. Representative image
The project is located on the Dibang river in the Lower Dibang Valley of Arunachal Pradesh.
The project will generate 2,880 MW (12x240 MW) power to produce 11,223 MU of energy in a 90 per cent dependable year. According to CEA, 90 per cent dependable year is the year in which the annual generation has the probability of being equal to or exceed 90 per cent of the time on an annual basis during the expected period of operation of the scheme.
The Arunachal government will get 12 per cent free power from the project i.e 1,346.76 MU, while 1 per cent free power will be given in Local Area Development Fund. The total value of benefit to Arunachal Pradesh from free power and contribution to LADF will be Rs 26,785 crore over the project life of 40 years.
The project has received all statutory clearances. The approval of the anticipated expenditure on pre-investment activities shall enable payment towards compensation for land acquisition and resettlement and rehabilitation (R&R) of Rs 500 crore to affected families.
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