110 MW Chuzachen HEP inaugurated

CM heralds investors as Development Partners; Remarks next election is to save the people of Sikkim

Rongli, 18 Nov:

Chief Minister Pawan Chamling was at Rongli to today to mark the successful commencement of the 110 Mega Watt Chuzachen Hydroelectric Power Project (CHEPP) which officially began power generation today.

Applauding the work of the project developer, Gati Infrastructure, and their various other contributions to the Sikkimese Society Mr. Chamling has said that he prefers to call investors “Development Partners” of the State.

Gati is headed by the Agarwal family and the contributions of the Agarwal family to the state of Sikkim is immense, the CM added.

He remarked that while the Chuzachen HEP will contribute to the State Government’s revenue, its more significant contribution has been in providing employment to people of the locality.

He also said that not only direct employment, but the local people have benefited in many other ways as well. The project, for instance, has increased the demand for local vegetable and other local products which were supplied by the people of the locality. And many have also received contracts under the project which has been helpful to all, he added.

Similarly, the valuation of the land has also increased and various kind developmental works have taken place in the locality, the Chief Minister added.

Given the local make-up of the audience, the CM also touched on the upcoming elections and said, “The upcoming election will be more challenging for the people of Sikkim to choose the Right Leader and the Right Government. This time, the election is not to save the government but to save the people of Sikkim.”

The CM stated that the State Government has created suitable, peaceful and industry-friendly environment for investors to come into the state which attracted companies like Gati Infrastructure to invest here.

He admitted that the years Sikkim had lost before industry was given a push here made things challenging initially, and remarked that it was gratifying to now see the fruits of their earlier labour when such big projects commence operations.

He also announced that the government will soon be holding a Krishi Sammelan (Farmers’ Conference) and Panchayat Sammelan.

He also announced that the Government will soon be distributing laptops to the students of classes X, XI, XII and College.

On the occasion, the CM also took part in a plantation drive.

The Chuzachen HEP is designed by Colenco, Switzerland, and is built with two reservoirs - on Rongli Chu and Rangpo Chu. The project consists of a unique headrace tunnel and penstock, which is the only one of its kind in India crossing over the Rangpo chu through an aqueduct. The turbine installed at the project is the first unit manufactured at Vadodara by Alstom (France).

Addressing the event, Mahendra Agarwal of Gati Infrastructure expressed gratitude towards the Chief Minister and the State government for the support they provided during the period of construction of the project.

Gati Infrastructure has the unique distinction of being the first independent hydroelectric power project in the North East Region and the Chief Minister Pawan Chamling has been the force behind opening up the hydro power sector in Sikkim, he said.

Speaking exclusively to SummitTimes, Meera Madhusudan, one of the Directors one of Gati Infrastructure, said that Gati has contributed to the state of Sikkim in many ways and informed that the company has more plans, including some more hydel projects, for Sikkim.

She said, “I am also from Sikkim, so I want to contribute more to the Sikkimese society”.