Thursday, August 27, 2009

MoU to be inked soon over Tipaimukh Dam

Imphal, August 26 2009

To give wings for the construction of the controversy ridden Tipaimukh dam, a tripartite MoU is set to be signed soon, even as the Bangladesh team, which had to abort its plan to visit the dam site earlier, is set to visit it in November this year.

The MoU will be signed between the NHPC, Satluj Jal Vidyut Nigam (SJVN) and the State Government at Imphal very soon, probably within the next few days, said a top official of the State Power Department today.

The initiative has been necessitated following the decision to axe the North Eastern Electric Power Corporation (NEEPCO), as the implementing agency for the project.

Once the MoU is signed, it will be forwarded to the Central Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs for a go ahead signal to construct the Dam, after the clearance from the Forest Department is obtained, said the official.

NHPC will hold the biggest share of the joint venture with 69 percent with SJVN holding 26 percent.

The State Govt's share will be the remaining five percent, said the official further.

The total estimated cost of the 1500 MW project has been pegged at Rs 8139 crores including the compensation to be paid to the affected people.

The Bangladesh team had to abort their visit to the dam site on July 31 and on August 1 due to the inclement weather, said the official and added that they are now scheduled to visit the site in November this year.

The team will assess whether the proposed dam on the Barak river will affect the flow of water to their country or not.

Dam opponents in Bangladesh are contending that it will cause large damage to the ecology and reduce the water share from the Barak, which flows into the Surma river in their country.

Anti-dam lobbyists have also been opposing the proposal to build the dam on the ground that it will submerge over 90 villages, besides a large chunk of forest land and arable land.

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