Mizoram can become power exporter: ModiAIZAWL, Dec 16: Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in his maiden visit to Mizoram as Prime Minister, dedicated the 60 MW Tuirial hydel project to the nation here on Saturday. The Prime Minister inaugurated the hydro project located in northern Mizoram’s Kolasib district via satellite link from Assam Rifles ground here where he addressed a huge public gathering. “Today, we gather here to celebrate a significant mile-stone in the history of Mizoram: the completion and dedication of the 60 Mega Watt Tuirial Hydropower Project. It is the first large hydropower project in Mizoram. It will boost the socioeconomic development of the State,” said the PM. Modi said the hydel project that would generate 250 million units of power per year will boost the socio-economic development of the State. “With this, Mizoram becomes the third power sufficient State in the Northeastern region, after Sikkim and Tripura,” he said, adding that the Central Government would aim to make Mizoram a major power exporter by tapping its power potential. Saying that Mizoram has huge potential in hydro power, Modi said, “I see no reason why Mizoram cannot become a power exporter.” 

The project, built at a cost of Rs 1,302 crore, took nearly two decades to complete since the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) cleared it in July, 1998 with commissioning scheduled in July, 2006. After completion of about 30 per cent of the project activities, works were suspended in June, 2004, due to an agitation. With sustained efforts by NEEPCO and after getting support from Ministry of Power and DoNER and the State Government, the stalled work of the project resumed in January, 2011. The Prime Minister said the project was first cleared by the Vajpayee Government in 1998 but got delayed. “The completion of this project is a reflection of our commitment to complete ongoing projects and usher in a new era of development in the Northeastern region,” the Prime Minister added. Modi said that during Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s tenure, significant work was done for the development of the North East. “We have taken forward this vision and are devoting resources for the progress of NE. My Ministerial colleagues are frequently visiting the NE,” he added. “We are working with a vision that in order to share your problems and issues, you won’t have to come to Delhi. Instead, Delhi would come and work for you. We have named a policy on this as well,” says Modi. “There have been over 150 Ministerial visits,” he said, while elaborating on the Ministry of Development of North-Eastern Region (DoNER),” he said. 

Modi said that he was enthralled by the beauty of Mizoram. “My visit to this beautiful State today, brings back fond memories of time spent with the people of Mizoram,” the PM said and wished people Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. The Prime Minister was accompanied by Union Minister of State (independent charge) for Power RK Singh and DoNER Minister Dr Jitendra Singh, who gave welcome address and vote of thanks respectively at the function. After addressing the public meeting, Modi left for Meghalaya.

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