India proposes to build Lower Arun hydropower project


The Indian government has proposed for construction of the 400MW Lower Arun Hydropower Project.
In a meeting with Minister for Energy, Water Resource and Irrigation Barshaman Pun at New Delhi on Monday, Indian Minister of State for Power Raj Kumar Singh put forth a proposal that the new project can be developed adopting the same model of 900-MW Arun III.
“A proposal has been made from the Indian side to develop the Lower Arun on the same model being adopted by the Indian company while constructing the Arun III. Nepal has put its stance for further discussion observing the progress on the construction of Arun III,” Minister Pun said.
Minister Pun noted the government would make proper decision whether or not to award the construction of Lower Arun to Indian side seeing the progress in Arun III.
Minister Pun has arrived in the Indian capital city, New Delhi, to participate in the International Sustainable Development Conference beginning on Monday.
It may be noted that the Energy Ministry had scrapped the license of the Lower Arun project as per the directive of the Commission for Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA) when the Brazilian Company ‘Brass Power’ failed to perform according to the conditions stipulated in the license.
The Brazilian Company did not make any progress on the project during 15 years since the license was awarded. (RSS)

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