The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) on 15 September 2014 approved 4754.42 crore rupees Comprehensive Scheme for Strengthening of Transmission & Distribution (T&D) Systems (CSST&DS) in Arunachal Pradesh and Sikkim. Of the total 4754.42 crore rupees, 3199.45 crore rupees is for Arunachal Pradesh and 1544.99 crore rupees is for Sikkim. This decision will help in significantly reduce electricity losses while being supplied.
As per the plan, the project would be implemented by Power Grid Corporation with its consultancy fee of 12 percent of the execution cost. The project is to be implemented within 48 months from the first fund release to power Grid Corporation. Further after commissioning, the projects will be owned and managed by the state governments.
At present, the installed power capacity of Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya, Manipur, Mizoram, Tripura, Nagaland and Sikkim is 4,364.07 MW but the current transmission and distribution (T&D) losses in these states are 50 percent of supply.
The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs was chaired by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
The project is being financed under the Passighat Declaration of 2007 that was decided in the Summit of North Eastern Council. The declaration aimed to provide adequate transmission network in all the North Eastern states & Sikkim so that the development of the region can take place along with rest of the country.
When: 15 September 2014