James grilled over Ganol Small Hydro Project

Shillong, Mar 10: Power Minister James Sangma today informed the house that the status of the Ganol Small Hydro Project of 22.5 MW capacity is at 66.60%

He added that the project has been revised to Rs 507.71 crore, and the reasons being increase in the quantity of items specified in the construction drawings, addition of new items, increase in quantity due to geological reasons and time over-run.

In response to the Minister’s reply, Rangsakona MLA Zenith Sangma questioned as to how there can be geological surprise when 66 percent of work was complete. 

To this, James responded that the project itself was not a viable project, but the government of the day decided to see to its completion because it was an important project for Garo Hills. 

“But when the member casts expertions like we have not done due diligence as a government that is very wrong. We have examined the whole project, the fact of the matter is that since the project was conceptualised (in 2007), the project was unviable and despite that we have taken a call that this project is very important for Garo Hills so this project can see the light of day,” he said. 

Zenith slammed back stating that the minister should not play ‘blame-game’ and that in 2008 even when Chief Minister Conrad Sangma was the Power Minister, the project did not ‘take off.’

Following this, West Shillong MLA Mohendro Rapsang questioned if the government had prepared a feasibility report before constructing the project to which James stated that he required notice to respond to the question. 

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