Transmission in Arunachal and Sikkim – The Union Cabinet on 16 March 2021 approved the revised cost estimate of Rs 9,129.32 crores for strengthening the power transmission and distribution system in Arunachal Pradesh and Sikkim.
The Public Sector Power Grid Corporation is implementing the scheme in association with Sikkim and Arunachal Pradesh.
According to the official statement, a target has been set to complete the work in a phased manner by December 2021 for the approved works and in 36 months for the yet-to-be-approved work.
“The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs took a major step towards the economic development of the states of Arunachal Pradesh and Sikkim, by approving the Revised Cost Estimate of Comprehensive Scheme for Strengthening of Transmission & Distribution in Arunachal Pradesh and Sikkim at an estimated cost of Rs. 9129.32 crore” the statement said.
Transmission in Arunachal and Sikkim
After completion of the project, the newly created transmission and distribution system will be owned and maintained by the respective state undertakings.
According to the statement, the objective of the scheme is to strengthen the inter-state transmission and distribution system by providing grid connectivity in remote areas for the overall economic development of Arunachal Pradesh and Sikkim.
The implementation of this scheme will create a reliable power grid and improve the power system with new load centers. With this, all categories of consumers, including beneficiaries of villages and towns in remote and border areas of Arunachal Pradesh and Sikkim, will get the benefit of grid-connected electricity.
As there would be a requirement of manpower for the work, the scheme would generate employment for local manpower in both skilled and unskilled categories.
The scheme was approved in December 2014 as a central scheme of the Ministry of Power. The entire cost of the scheme is being borne by the Government of India through the Ministry of Power.