Arunachal wants to go Bhutan way in hy­dropower

Bhutan Times - - Editorial -

Arunachal Pradesh Chief Min­is­ter Ka­likho Pul wants to repli­cate Bhutan’s model in tap­ping hy­dropower re­sources and other de­vel­op­men­tal works.

“If Bhutan could de­velop its hy­dropower re­sources keep­ing its eco­log­i­cal dam­ages at bare min­i­mum with ad­e­quate com­pen­sa­tion and re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion to af­fected peo­ple, such model could be eas­ily adopted by us,” Pul told vis­it­ing Bhutanese of­fi­cials.

A del­e­ga­tion of 35 Bhutanese of­fi­cials from var­i­ous min­istries is on a week­long visit to north­east­ern states, in­clud­ing Arunachal Pradesh, to strengthen friendly re­la­tions and to ex­plore pos­si­bil­i­ties of bor­der trade and cul­tural ex­changes.

“In my opinion, Bhutan’s suc­cess story in devel­op­ment of hy­dro projects could be repli­cated suc­cess­fully in Arunachal, as both the re­gions have sim­i­lar cul­tural and ge­o­graph­i­cal land­scapes,” the chief min­is­ter said.

Invit­ing Bhutan to be a part­ner in the devel­op­ment of Arunachal, Pul said strong trade and com­mer­cial ties be­tween the two re­gions could be de­vel­oped by es­tab­lish­ing bor­der trade cen­tres be­tween them.

“It is nec­es­sary for us to es­tab­lish close friend­ship and co­op­er­a­tion with each other and to co­op­er­ate closely on is­sues re­lat­ing to bor­der trade, tourism and cul­tural ex­changes,” he said.

Also fo­cus­ing on devel­op­ment of tourism in Arunachal, Pul hoped the state could learn from the suc­cess story of Bhutan in tourism pro­mo­tion.

To pro­mote cul­tural ex­changes, Pul sug­gested open­ing var­i­ous lan­guage schools across the in­ter­na­tional bor­ders to learn the lan­guage of neigh­bor­ing na­tions.

To keep the eco­log­i­cal dam­ages at bare min­i­mum with ad­e­quate com­pen­sa­tion and re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion to af­fected peo­ple

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