Green nod is hold­ing up 30 hy­del power projects

The Asian Age - - Nation - ANIMESH SINGH

Ow­ing to the fact that it takes up to 2,000 days or around six years to get en­vi­ron­men­tal clear­ance for hy­dro- elec­tric projects, con­struc­tion of as many as 30 hy­dro- elec­tric projects with a com­bined ca­pac­ity of 23,500 mw is yet to take off.

Out of these 30 projects, 15 hy­dro- elec­tric projects which are still await­ing con­struc­tion due to de­lay in en­vi­ron­men­tal and for­est clear­ances are sit­u­ated in the ge­o­graph­i­cal and po­lit­i­cally sen­si­tive Arunachal Pradesh, due to its prox­im­ity with China.

Con­struc­tion of these projects in Arunachal Pradesh is ex­tremely im­por­tant for In­dia to counter the threat of floods, as China re­leases ex­cess wa­ters from the Tsangpo river ( as Brahma­pu­tra river is known there) down­stream.

Highly placed sources have said that apart from the con­sid­er­able time be­ing taken up in get­ting the all im­por­tant en­vi­ron­men­tal clear­ance from the Min­istry of En­vi­ron­ment and For­est, the non- avail­abil­ity of land for com­pul­sory af­foresta­tion in the ar­eas where the hy­dro- elec­tric projects are to be taken up, is also a ma­jor rea­son why 30 such projects are yet to reach the con­struc­tion stage.

Nor­mally it takes around two years to get en­vi­ron­men­tal clear­ances for hy­dro projects, but sources point out that in ac­tu­al­ity it takes around 2,000 days or up to six years to get these clear­ances. In ad­di­tion to this, for­est clear­ances in two stages also take up to two years, which con­sid­er­ably de­lays con­struc­tion of such projects.

◗ For­est clear­ances in two stages take up to two years, which con­sid­er­ably de­lays con­struc­tion. ◗ 15 hy­dro- elec­tric projects are still await­ing con­struc­tion.

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