Mizoram now a power-surplus state – 3rd in northeast

Over two decades after it was conceptualised, the first unit of a 60 MW power plant in Mizoram began generating electricity this week — making it the third power-surplus state in northeastern India after Sikkim and Tripura.

“The first unit (30 MW) of the 60 MW capacity Tuirial hydro-power plant started generation on trial basis from Tuesday (August 29),” North Eastern Electric Power Corporation (NEEPCO) General Manager P.K. Bora told IANS.

“The second unit of the project would start generation from either October-end or the first week of November.”

With a population of just 1.1 million, Mizoram’s current demand of electricity is only 110 MW to 115 MW during peak hours and is being met by the state’s few mini power projects and availability of its share of power from regional and central sector projects.

“After the full commissioning of the Tuirial hydro-power project, Mizoram would be a power-surplus state,” an official of Mizoram’s power department said, adding that the additional power is likely to be supplied to the regional or national grid.

Farmers’ protests, agitations, topographical hindrance and administrative hurdles delayed the commissioning of the project, the biggest in Mizoram, which shares a border with Myanmar (510 km) and Bangladesh (318 km).

Government-run NEEPCO, a “Mini Ratna” company under the Union Ministry of Power, commissioned the hydro-power plant utilising the water of the Tuirial river in Kolasib district in northern Mizoram.

“After the project was conceptualised in 1994, the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs cleared it on July 7, 1998,” Bora said.

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