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NHPC's Rs 32k-cr hydel project near China border gets Centre's approval

The approved investment includes Rs 6,720 crore of government support for flood moderation and enabling infrastructure, such as roads and bridges connecting the construction site

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The government approved its largest ever hydropower project in Arunachal Pradesh bordering China as India seeks to build renewable generation to meet rising power demand. 

The government approved the estimated investment of Rs 31,900 crore for the 2,880-megawatt Dibang project, state-run hydropower producer NHPC said Monday. The project is estimated to take nine years to build. 

India has classified hydropower as renewable energy and sees it as key in its transition away from coal to help manage the fluctuations caused by intermittent solar and wind supplies. However, the large-scale environmental damage and dislocation of communities to construct dams has hampered those plans,

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First Published: Feb 28 2023 | 10:40 PM IST

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