The Indian Govt’s proposal to build a mega dam in Arunachal Pradesh makes even hydropower companies wary.

The Indian Govt’s proposal to build a mega dam in Arunachal Pradesh makes even hydropower companies wary.

The 10,000-megawatt project on the Siang river would ‘submerge the district headquarters of Upper Siang district’. On September 26, a delegation of the Arunachal Pradesh government led by Chief Minister Pema Khandu attended a presentation in Delhi by the Central government think tank Niti Aayog “on [a] proposed Multipurpose River Valley Project for Siang River”. […]

Environment Ministry panel holds back clearance for Tawang project in India.

Environment Ministry panel holds back clearance for Tawang project in India.

An environment ministry panel has decided to hold back clearance to 600 MW Tawang hydroelectric project in strategic Tawang Valley in Arunachal Pradesh keeping in mind the biodiversity rich forest area home to several critical endangered species and has asked for conducting an expert study to gauge the impact of Rs 4824 crore project on […]

Arunachal hydro project scam: Power ministry defends Kiren Rijiju.

Arunachal hydro project scam: Power ministry defends Kiren Rijiju.

In a statement, it called allegations against the minister ‘unsubstantiated, false and baseless’. The power ministry on Tuesday refuted that Minister of State for Home Affairs, Kiren Rijiju, was involved in a scam with regard to a massive hydroelectric project in Arunachal Pradesh. This pertains to Rijiju allegedly using his influence to clear fake bills […]

Hydropower lobby drives a wedge over dam in the hills of Tawang.

Hydropower lobby drives a wedge over dam in the hills of Tawang.

Five decades after the Chinese troops laid siege to it, the 336-year-old Tawang Monastery is facing a new aggressor — high-stakes hydropower politics. Tawang town, 525-km northwest of Arunachal Pradesh’s capital Itanagar, has had more armed forces personnel than local residents since the 1962 attack by China. But soldiers never patrolled or put up checkpoints […]

Major policy and regulatory reforms needed to revive hydropower in India.

Major policy and regulatory reforms needed to revive hydropower in India.

India is endowed with rich hydropower potential to the tune of 148 GW (which would be able to meet a demand of 84 GW at 60% load factor) which makes it one of the most important potential sources to meet the energy security needs of the country. Yet, the development of hydropower installations in the […]