New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi formally dedicated the 60 MW Tuirial Hydro Electric Power Project (HEPP) in Mizoram on 15th of December to the country.
He also launched the ‘MyDoNER’ app and distributed cheques to start-up entrepreneurs in Aizawl, Mizoram.
The Tuirial HEPP has been constructed as a part of Central Sector Project and has been implemented by North Eastern Electric Power Corporation (NEEPCO), the project was undertaken with administrative control of the Ministry of Power.
The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) had given the clean chit to the project for implementation in July 1998 with commissioning scheduled for July 2006. According to a statement released by Power Ministry: “After completion of about 30 per cent of the project activities, the works were totally suspended from June 2004 due to local agitation of the masses. With sustained efforts by NEEPCO and with active support of Ministry of Power and Ministry of DoNER, Government of India and Government of Mizoram, the stalled works of the project were started in January 2011.”
The first unit of this hydro power plant was commissioned on August 25, 2017 and second on November 28, 2017. The cost of the project was estimated to be Rs. 1,302 crore.
It is the biggest power project which is located in Mizoram and would be able to provide entire energy generated to the home state, whose current power demand is 87 MW which is met by mini power projects and central sector projects.