Poilwa, November 19: Nagaland Minister for Planning and Coordination, Land Revenue and Parliamentary Affairs, Neiba Kronu and Advisor for Power Tovihoto Ayemi along with officials of power department today inspected the ongoing revival work of Duilum-Roi Mini Hydel Project at Poilwa village under Peren district.
The project stopped operating in August 2019 as the main channel was damaged by a massive landslide.
Addressing the gathering at the project site, Kronu said that power and electricity forms the most important component of developmental activities.
“If we have good roads and power, other developmental activities can follow suit,” he said.
In this, Kronu informed that in order to give impetus to the activities of the power department, the State government has projected an amount of Rs. 1115 Crore to the 15th Finance Commission for various power projects in the state.
The PDA government will continue to focus on power projects, be it through Central government assistance, FDI or Asian Development Bank, he said adding that proposals are being made for bigger power projects in Upper and Lower Tizu as well as Tizu valley.
On the department’s proposal for upgradation of the Mini Hydel Project at Duilum-Roi up to 2MW, he suggested conduct of a proper feasibility survey report so as to take up the matter at the government level.
Meanwhile, taking the opportunity Kronu while citing that Poilwa has one of the best available water source, appealed to the Poilwa and Khonoma village to amicably settle their internal dispute so that the State capital can benefit through proposed water supply project of the State government from the area.
In this, he asserted that the state government is also willing to extend full cooperation by sending mediators between the two villages.
Advisor Tovihoto asserting that the present government has lots of developmental vision, said that revival and upgradation of power projects would continue in the given project site.
However, in Nagaland since the land and its resources lie with the villagers, he sought the cooperation and support of the landowners.
Additional Chief Engineer (T&G) Penrithung Yanthan said that the Duilum-Roi Mini Hydel Project which started in 1991 has two stages with the first being 540 KW and second 200 KW and have lived its useful life.
It was designed to operate in isolation (off grid) and provide electricity to surrounding villages, he said.
However, the department has proposed for revival of the two stages of the project and has also come up with a new plan with the capacity of 2.4 MW which will be connected to the grid, he said.
The DPR has been prepared and a proposal submitted to the State government, he informed, adding that the project is designed to generate 11.95 MU of electricity annually.
Engineer in Chief Shikato Sema said that through the project the department is trying to capitalize the available resources.
Poilwa Village Council chairman Namkwa and Heinumbe village council chairman, Heinumbe also spoke on the occasion and assured of full cooperation. (Page News Service)