The Lower Dirang Valley District of Arunachal Pradesh received approval for India’s largest hydroelectric project in history on the Dibang river.
A 319 billion rupee investment for the 2,880-megawatt project created by the state-run National Hydroelectric Power Corporation has been approved by the national government.
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The project’s main goal is flood control, and it is expected to be finished in nine years.
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With a height of 278 metres, the dam will be the tallest dam in India. According to Himanshu Thakkar, the nonprofit’s coordinator of the South Asia Network on Dams, Rivers, and People reports that the construction of the dam, which will cover more than 5,000 hectares (12,360 acres) of forest area, will be met with local opposition since it will uproot villages and do significant environmental harm.
The cost will be much higher and the advantages far lesser, according to Thakkar. He noted that the company’s nine-year timeframe is optimistic when local objections and geological challenges are taken into account.
According to LiveMint, the community and social development plan will cost Rs. 241 crores, and a plan to protect the locals’ culture and identity will cost Rs. 327 lakhs.