NHPC’s Subansiri project sees over Rs 1,000 crore cost overrun

Faced with prolonged delays, state-run NHPC has witnessed cost overrun of more than Rs 1,000 crore for its 2,000 MW Subansiri project. The country’s largest hydro power producer now expects the completion of the stalled project to cost around Rs 10,780 crore. Subansiri Lower project is located on the border of Assam and Aruncachal Pradesh. NHPC Director (Finance) A B L Srivastava said the work of the project was stopped in December 2011, due to agitation by “anti-dam activists”. “Subansiri project having a capacity of 2,000 MW has already witnessed cost overruns of more than Rs 1,000 crore… When the project began, the cost envisaged was about Rs 6,300 crore and we have already invested around Rs 6,000 crore.”Now presently, anticipated cost of completion is approximately Rs 10,780 crore,” he told PTI. NHPC has an installed generation capacity of 5,702 MW. In the current fiscal, the company’s construction budget is Rs 3,450 crore, out of which Rs 1,831 crore has been planned under debt funding.

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