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Big dam impasse will be over: Bordoloi

 Dispur is hopeful. The impasse over the NHPC project at Gerukamukh will be over. This was how, the Assam reiterated its support to the construction of the Lower Subansiri hydropower project through a scientific process. But it would cost nearly Rs 5,000 crore due to delay.

Replying to written question by AGP MLA and former Chief Minister Prafulla Kumar Mahanta on the floor of the House on Thursday, power minister Pradyut Bordoloi said that the state government wants this project to be completed through a scientific process.

Bordoloi also said the Centre allocated Rs 11,000 crore as on December 2010 for construction of the dam.

Construction work of the ambitious 2,000 MW Subansiri Lower Hydroelectric Project by NHPC at Gerukamukh in Assam-Arunachal Pradesh border on Subansiri river has been stalled since December 2011 after protests by local residents and other groups fearing safety and downstream impact.

Initially, the cost of the project was estimated at around Rs 6,285 crore and it was scheduled to be commissioned in December 2012.

 

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