Monday, May 16, 2022

    Focus on digital infrastructure, road projects to boost development in Arunachal: CM Pema Khandu

    Chief Minister Pema Khandu said the Arunachal Pradesh government is focusing on building digital infrastructure and roads for development in the current calendar year and for development in the northeastern state. Authorities will insist on the completion of two important projects in 2022 at Tali Road in Kra Dadi district and at Miao-Vijayanagar in Changlang, he said.

    “I have taken up a challenge to complete these two roads by 2022. The Miao-Vijayanagar road is one of the oldest projects and the work started when Arunachal Pradesh was a Union Territory,” Khandu told PTI in an interview.

    “Arunachal Pradesh became a state in 1987. Noting that road connectivity remains the most challenging problem in the northeastern state,” the chief minister said his government would ensure speedy completion of the two projects. Tali and Vijayanagar are not yet connected by road.

    Under the Digital Connectivity Program, various key infrastructure projects are underway in the state, including National Optical Fiber Network, State Wide Area Network, Supervisory Development Center and National Knowledge Network, the Chief Minister said.

    Asked about his vision for the next ten years, Khandu said he would like to see Arunachal Pradesh as a transformed state with the highest ranking on the Happiness Index. Over the next ten years, the state will witness transformation in the tourism industry and reforms in the power sector as many mega hydropower projects will be completed.

    There will be a sea change in communication which will, in turn, lead to the development of agriculture and horticulture departments in the state, the CM said. The 2000-MW Lower Subansiri project will be completed by FY 2022-23 and a unit with a capacity of 500 MW is expected to be commissioned by August, he said. Work on the 2880-megawatt Debang project, the country’s largest hydroelectric generating facility, will begin soon and be completed in eight years, “he said.

    The government has planned eight power projects with a total installed capacity of 11,000 MW and is in talks with public sector undertakings like NHPC Limited, North Eastern Electric Power Corporation, NTPC Limited, THDC India and SJVNL, Khandu said.

    Deputy Chief Minister Chauna Main, who is in charge of the power and hydropower department, convened a meeting with officials of major power giants in New Delhi on December 29 to draw up a roadmap for developing such projects in the state.

    During a conversation with Maine, SJVN Chairman and Managing Director NL Sharma said that the company would invest Rs 60,000 crore to utilize 5,097 MW of hydropower in Arunachal Pradesh.

    These plants – 3,097-MW Italian Hydropower Project, Atunli HEP (680 MW), Emini HEP (500 MW), Amulin HEP ​​(420 MW) and Mihumdon HEP ​​(400 MW) – will be located in Dibang Basin of the state. In response to another question on sustainable exploration of shale oil in the state, the Chief Minister said that his government had already requested the Center to conduct a survey for resource extraction.

    “Shell oil is under Schedule I, which falls under the center’s domain,” he said. Oil shells are usually fine-grained sedimentary rocks that contain large amounts of organic matter from which a significant amount of hydrocarbon resources and combustible gases can be extracted. By destructive distillation

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