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Officials in dark over power deal
Correspondent KOHIMA, FEB 18 (NPN):
Published on 19 Feb. 2009 1:06 AM IST
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The state Power department has obtained a sanction order of Rs 187.02 crore for extension of four stages of Doyang Hydro Electric Power Project even before furnishing the required Pre-Feasibility Report (PFR) and Detail Project Report (DPR). The sanction order was reportedly obtained from NABARD through negotiated loan under RIDF loan. A Power department official while confirming the report said the department was presently in the process of preparing the PFR and DPR. In papers, the department had conducted preliminary survey on Doyang HEP stage III, IV, V and VI, all located in the upstream of the main Doyang HEP and under Zunheboto, district during 2006-07 and 2007-08, which could generate an estimated 26 MW of power. The proposed Doyang HEP extension project includes 12 MW Doyang HEP- III at an estimated cost of Rs 72.23 crore, 5 MW Doyang HEP- IV Rs 37.92 crore, 4 MW Doyang HEP- V Rs 34.40 crore and 5 MW Doyang HEP- VI Rs 42.46 crore. Sources alleged that the state Power department officials concerned were kept in the dark about the project and the reported survey conducted by the department during the last two years. Moreover, no file has been maintained to keep record of the project processed in the department. However, the DPR was prepared by a new firm by the name of North East Energy Product (NEEP) Ltd, it was learnt. It may be mentioned that as per the Works Programme of the government, an amount of Rs 4 crore was earmarked for the current financial year while another Rs 11.29 crore was proposed to be earmarked for the financial year 2009-10 for Pre-Feasibily Report and preparation of Detail Project Report (DPR). In addition, the department was also learnt to have obtained sanctions from the same bank for two other small hydro projects - 5 MW Tapuiki – II (Peren) and 1 MW Tulo MHP (Zunheboto). Nagaland continues to face acute power shortage while the demand for power continues to shoot up at an average of 10% to 15% annually. The demand for power in the state presently stands at 90 MW during the peak hour and it is estimated to touch 200 MW by the end of the 11th Plan. The state has a total power generation capacity of 27.84MW only from its small hydro project, 24 MW Likimro HEP, which is the only power project owned by the state.

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