Controversial hydroelectric projects in Arunachal Pradesh will be examined on a case-to-case basis, newly appointed CM of Arunachal Pradesh Nabam Tuki told HT in an exclusive chat.
"While I don't want to negate whatever policy the previous governments have taken, we will systematically examine on a case-to-case basis all the projects wherever there is public opposition," he said.
Stressing on a policy based on sustainable development, Tuki said: "The opinion of the people will be taken at every step. We cannot allow such things (people's disenchantment) to happen."
About 168 mega dams in major rivers and tributaries of the state are being planned, some in various stages of construction, to install a
planned capacity of about 68,000 MW. About 124 MoUs have already been signed between the state and various private power companies and PSUs.
This is going on even as a powerful movement is slowly building up in Arunachal and in downstream Assam on grounds of environmental, tectonic and socio-economic concerns. Besides, trampling upon indigenous and traditional rights of local tribal communities is another cause for worry.
On whether he will sign more MoUs for such dams, Tuki said: "More MoUs will be considered on the basis of feasibility, sustainability and requirement."
The CM also emphasised that he will take firm steps to ensure that the guidelines framed in the MoUs are adhered to by private entities.
Developing transport and infrastructure will also be accorded priority, besides building connectivity with China, Myanmar and Bhutan.