Gangtok - May 14 -
Hydel projects, 27 of which have been awarded in the past few years, are a contentious issue in
Sources inform that the CAG office has been in the process of preparing a comprehensive report on the subject for the past few months. This report, apart from being exhaustive, will also be a review of the policy of the state government on the development of hydel projects.
The report will largely concern the involvement and interest of private participants in the power sector in
cal characteristic of the state particularly in the light of the protests raised by the public in
The CAG will be studying the selection process of the private players with whom memorandums of understanding have been signed by the State government for the development of power projects. In this regard, the report will study the capability of the private players for power development, as well as the level of transparency followed in awarding hydel projects to them.
The terms of agreement will also be studied clause by clause especially in whose favour the terms point towards. Besides, the report will also include a study of the objectives of the State government through hydel power development that can be achieved , economically and socially, through such hydel power development. Not to be left out will be the implications of the development of this sector along with recommendations to the State government which the latter can use for streamlining its policy as well as execution of the projects and also to help achieve its objectives.
All this will be done taking into consideration the process of development of power projects in other states, including their context and other similar parameters.
It may be recalled that the Power & Energy Department is already preparing a White Paper on the development of power projects in
source: Sikkim Now!