The Northeastern state of Mizoram in India has become the third power surplus state in the region following Sikkim and Tripura following the power generation at the first unit of a 60MW power plant which began last week.
It is the biggest power plant in the state which shares a 318km border with Bangladesh. Since March 2016, Tripura has been supplying 160MW of power to Bangladesh and is ready to provide an additional 40MW if India’s central government permits.
“The first unit of the 60MW Tuirial hydropower plant, which has 30MW power generation capacity, started production on a trial basis on August 29. The second unit will become operational in either late October or early November,” said PK Bora, general manager of North-Eastern Electric Power Corporation (NEEPCO).
The project was conceptualised in 1994, and the Union Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs, whose meetings are chaired by the prime minister of India, cleared it on July 7, 1998.
NEEPCO, which runs under the Union Ministry of Power, commissioned the hydropower plant utilising Tuirial River’s water in Kolasib district of Northern Mizoram.
However, the project came to a complete halt on June 9, 2004 as farmers and locals launched a series of protests against the submerging of their farmlands and standing crops under the reservoir.
Work resumed in 2011 after the Union Power Ministry, NEEPCO and the Government of Mizoram collaboratively negotiated with the farmers.