Itanagar, Jan. 26 -- Arunachal Pradesh, often described as the 'future powerhouse of the country' for its immense hydropower generation potential which is estimated to be 58,000 MW, has been contemplating to invest Rs 4 lakh crore in the next 10 years for augmenting its electricity production.
"Our State plans to spend Rs 4 lakh crore in next decade for increasing the electricity production," said Governor Brig (Retd) Dr BD Mishra in his Republic Day address at IG Park here on Wednesday.
Also, present on the occasion was Chief Minister Pema Khandu, his ministerial colleagues and MLAs, among others.
The Governor, who earlier unfurled the Tri-colour and took salute from the static parade amid the Covid19 pandemic, also informed that the government has also sanctioned Rs 50 crore for setting up of 17 small hydroelectric plants.
He added that with the 600 MW Kameng Hydro Electric Project already functional, the 2000 MW Lower Subansiri Project, located on the Assam-Arunachal boundary, is under construction and its two Units of 500 MW each will be functional by August this year.
Work has also started on 132/33 KV transmission lines and 132/33 KV transmission substations. These have been funded by the Government of India under the comprehensive scheme for the T&D distribution system, he informed.
While reiterating that the frontier state's first Greenfield airport at Hollongi near Itanagar will be ready by the 15th of August this year, the Governor said, flights from Guwahati to Pasighat and Guwahati to Tezu will also be functional using ATR-72 aircraft.
Ministry of Civil Aviation has already accorded sanction for two Dornier DO-228 aircraft for civil air traffic in our State.
Talking about the vexed boundary row between Arunachal Pradesh and Assam, the Governor said, ".Our Government is making sincere efforts to resolve the long-pending interstate boundary dispute between the States of Arunachal Pradesh and Assam. Under the guiding directions of the Prime Minister and Union Home Minister, both the States are sincerely working for a permanent solution.
While mentioning that CM Khandu has met his Assam counterpart Himanta Biswa Sarma at Guwahati on January 24, the Governor said, "The boundary resolution talks are progressing in the right directions".
"I am confident that this boundary dispute shall get resolved in the near future," he said.
The Governor, in his address, also highlighted the state government's achievements and other welfare initiatives.
On the occasion, Chief Secretary Naresh Kumar announced the names of winners of the State Awards, comprising 11 Gold, 13 Silver medals and 25 commendation certificates.
He also announced the "Chief Minister's Award for Cleanest Village" for the year 2021.
"The awards that went to nine villages in equal numbers of districts were meant for promoting the essence of healthy living through cleanliness to deter the incidence of illness and to promote sustenance of public amenities for overall growth of the State," Kumar said.
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