Aizawl (ZoramObserver.com): Mizoram Chief Minister Pu Lal Thanhawla met Union Minister of State (independent charge) for Power, Coal, New and Renewable Energy and Mines Pu Piyush Goyal at the latter’s office in New Delhi on May 8.
“The Chief Minister brought up the current status of Mizoram regarding power generation both in hydro and solar energy. He also mentioned the need for improvement in power generation in the meeting,” a state government statement said.
Pu Goyal assured Pu Lal Thanhawla that he would send a high level delegation team to inspect the works, prospect and infrastructural needs.
“The Chief Minister requested the Power Minister to make the 24 MW Tuirini Hydel Project solely into a State Project and pointed out that the current subsidy received under Small Hydel Project is quite minimal to which Pu Goyal agreed to bring up the matter with the Ministry,” the statement added.
The Chief Minister also stated that the Goverment of Mizoram “is taking keen interest in solar power generation”.
He said the state government has drafted a Solar Power Policy besides mentioning the state’s Solar PV Plant Project at Thenzawl which would produce 10 MW has already been submitted to the Ministry of New and Renewable Resources. Pu Goyal said necessary arrangements would be made with JICA for the early commencement of the project.
Pu Lal Thanhawla also also suggested cross-border electrification on the Mizoram-Myanmar border to boost Indo-Myanmar trade. “The Union Power Minister expressed his willingness to look into the matter,” the state government said.