A team of officials from external affairs ministry, power ministry and NEEPCO are expected to visit Myanmar this month to take up the matter of survey and investigation works for 635 MW Chhimtuipui and 815 MW Lungreng hydroelectric projects.

Hydropower PlantsNEEPCO had signed MoA with Mizoram government in March 2010 for execution of the two Projects. The catchment and reservoir submergence of projects are partially spread beyond the international boundary with Myanmar. Accordingly, NEEPCO had taken up the matter with the power ministry, external affairs ministry and Mizoram government for accordance of necessary permission of the MEA to take up the survey and investigation activities.

The Embassy of India in Yangon had in December 2012 taken up the issue of NEEPCO’s request for carrying out of detailed survey and other investigation activities on Myanmar side of the border with the Myanmar Government. The Myanmar Government has conveyed their agreement to the visit of NEEPCO team with other officials to Myanmar.

Last year, a Committee of Secretaries had also asked the external affairs ministry to seek Myanmar’s permission to carry out the survey and investigation works for the hydro power projects. The committee had stated that it is important to secure Myanmar’s concurrence since some part of catchment and submergence fall in Myanmar’s territory.

The Chhimtuipui and Lungreng hydroelectric projects are located across Rivers Tiau and River Kolodyne in Mizoram. Both these rivers flow between India and Myanmar. Chhimtuipui project is expected to generate 3243.3 million units of energy per year and Lungreng project is expected to generate 1169.06 million units of energy in a 90 per cent dependable year. NEEPCO has been unable to initiate preliminary works for preparation of detailed project report due to pending clearance from the government.

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