Aizawl (www.zoramobserver.com): The 60-megawatt Tuirial Hydro Electric Power Project (THEPP) is scheduled to be commissioned within this October, engineers of North Eastern Electric Power Corporation Limited (NEEPCO), who executed the project said.
Project Deputy General Manager (C) Dr. Pradeep Saikia told a team of media who paid a spot visit to the project site on last Friday that all the civil works have been completed and the project is expected to be commissioned before October end.
He said that one, out of two turbines, has been successfully installed and installation of another turbine is in progress.
Dr. Saikia said that the power dam is not only meant for generating power, but can be uses as mode of transportation with the help of life boat, fish farming and for tourist attraction.
Located near Saipum village in Kolasib district bordering Assam, the construction of Tuirial HEP began in 1998 by NEEPCO after Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) approved Rs. 368.72 crore for the project.
However, the project was halted in 2004 by the Tuirial Crop Compensation Claimant Association of which the Mizo National Front (MNF) then Chief Minister Zoramthanga’s relatives figured among nine people named in Central Bureau of Investigation charge sheet. When Lal Thanhawla who had started the project came back in power in 2008, he took initiatives to restart the project.
The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) then approved the 60 MW Tuirial Hydro Electric Project (THEP) project costing Rs 913 crore in 2010. As a result, the construction has been resumed since 14 January, 2011 by NEEPCO. While civil works were executed by Patel Engineering Ltd, the electrical works were executed by Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd (BHEL).
According to Dr. Saikia, over Rs. 1400 core has been incurred as expenditure for construction of the power dam.
Tuirial HEP is a 60 MW project and the first unit of 2×30 MW has been successfully commissioned by BHEL recently, while the installation of the second unit is in progress and is expected to be completed soon. The catchment area of the project is estimated to be 1861 sq.km.
Out of the 60 MW, Mizoram will enjoy 12% (8 MW) free share and it can also buy all the remaining percentage (52 MW) from NEEPCO at Rs. 8.44 per unit to meet power shortage in the state.
Generally Mizoram needs 84 mega watt during peak hours and the Tuirial HEP once commissioned is expected to reduce power shortage in the state to a great extent.
NEEPCO engineers said that the power project is designed to last for a period of more than 50 years.