Guwahati, Jan. 4: The ministry of environment and forests has asked Adishankar Power Private Ltd (APPL), the project developer of the Simang-II hydel project in East Siang district of Arunachal Pradesh, to get clearance from the National Board of Wildlife as it lies within 10km of Mouling National Park.
Sources said the experts’ appraisal committee for the river valley and hydropower projects had accorded environment clearance to the project but APPL has been asked to get the clearance from the wildlife board.
The Centre is trying to expedite the clearance process of projects in Arunachal Pradesh, considering the state’s strategic importance.
Simang II hydroelectric project was awarded by the state government to APPL on February 6, 2008. It is a 66MW run-of-the-river project on the Simang, a right-bank tributary of the Siang.
The project received techno-economic clearance from the Arunachal Pradesh government in June last year. The total cost of the project is Rs 484.32 crore.
Officials said the construction of the project is of importance to Arunachal Pradesh because it can earn good revenue by exporting hydroelectric power to power-deficient states in the country.
The committee said Mouling National Park is 6.4km from the barrage site of Simang II hydel project.
“No significant wildlife population is found in the immediate vicinity of project site. The habitats of the mammals will not be significantly influenced by the project development, as they rarely frequent the project area and are found in the dense forests in higher reaches, away from settlements. The proposed submergence area is not the migratory route of wild animals,” the committee said.
On forest clearance, the company said the process is under way and the proposal for diversion of forestland has been recommended and forwarded by Arunachal Pradesh to the regional office of the ministry of environment and forests.
Of the 46.14 hectares required for the project, 26.75 hectares is forest land.