NEEPCO’s 110 MW Pare hydroelectric project is expected to be commissioned by September 2014. In a latest status update furnished by NEEPCO to the Central Electricity Authority (CEA), the utility mentions that it is trying to pick up pace on the project despite the poor road conditions. According to NEEPCO, poor approach road is one of the main reasons for the delay of the project.
NEEPCO informed CEA that the river diversion works, which suffered earlier in monsoon of 2011 and 2012 are now complete and to ensure that the dam works are completed on time, two tower cranes and one concreting pump are planned to be deployed for achieving the desired concreting rate. In view of the status, NEEPCO stated that the project will be commissioned by September 2014. However, it mentioned that the evacuation system for the project is also critical and needs to be expedited for the timely commissioning.
Pare hydroelectric project is a run-of-the-river scheme on River Dikrong, a tributary of River Brahmaputra. The project is located in Papum Pare district of Arunachal Pradesh. It envisages construction of two units of 55 MW each and utilize tail race discharge of the Ranganadi Stage-I project. It is expected to generate 506.42 million units of power in a 90 per cent dependable year.
The project was originally scheduled to be commissioned by August 2012. However, poor infrastructure in the region along with geological challenges delayed the execution of the project. Besides, the project also suffered due to the law and order situation in the region.