On December 16, 2017, Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the 60 megawatt Tuirial Hydroelectric Power Project in Aizwal, Mizoram. With this, Mizoram is now the third Northeast state in the country with surplus power, following Sikkim and Tripura.
The occasion occurred in the presence of Mizoram Governor Nirbhay Sharma, Chief Minister Lal Thanhawla along with several other ministers and officials.
According to the Hindustan Times, after the inauguration, PM Modi said,
Today, we celebrate a significant milestone in the history of Mizoram with the completion and dedication of the 60-MW Tuirial hydropower project.
Built as a central power project, Tuirial hydroelectric project was implemented by the North Eastern Electric Power Corporation (NEEPCO). The project was under the administration of the union power ministry.
Around 251 million units of electrical energy will be produced by the hydropower project each year. PM Modi has also said that the area’s economic development will grow with the project, and this shows that the government is committed towards completing all the ongoing projects.
According to the Live Mint, the project had to face many obstacles such as the lack of availability of skilled manpower and insufficient communication infrastructure due to its location in a remote area.
The project’s Unit I was commissioned this year on August 25, 2017, and Unit II on November 28. To build the project, the total cost involved was around Rs 1,302 crore. This project has helped in achieving the centre's ambition of developing an affordable clean power throughout.
As per the Current Affairs, the project will help store water in a 45 square km area reservoir which can provide the connectivity to remote villages, and can be utilised for fisheries’ development.
The hydroelectric power project was announced and sanctioned by the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government, and it is the first project in Mizoram to have been successfully commissioned.