AIZAWL, Oct 5: The 60 MW Tuirial hydro electric project in northern Mizoram, expected to be commissioned this month, will be the costliest power project in India, according to State BJP. When the project approved in 1988, is finally completed after 19 years, the cost of power per unit will be Rs 8.44, the highest in India, BJP said in a release today. While the State currently purchases power at the rate of Rs 4.25 per unit from outside the State, purchasing the same at Rs 8.44 per unit, that too from State’s own hydel project, is not feasible for an economically backward State like Mizoram. The high cost of power, according to BJP, is caused by the high cost of the project resulted by delays. The original estimated cost of the project was Rs 368.72 crore. 

The project had been delayed by the then Congress Government and the successive Mizo National Front Governments. During the MNF Government, the project had totally come to a halt owing to excessive compensation claims by fake landowners, including then Chief Minister Zoramthanga’s relatives, the BJP alleged. When the power project was finally revived during the present Congress Government, the estimated cost went up to Rs 1381.71 crore, which has caused the high cost of power. However, 12 per cent of power produced by Tuirial will go to Mizoram as royalty

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