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Status of new hydropower projects questioned in NA


May 26, 2015

Status of new hydropower projects questioned in NASeveral Members of Parliament asked the economic affairs minister, Norbu Wangchuk on the delay to begin constructions of identified hydropower projects. During the question hour session in the National Assembly, today, the MPs asked if it would be possible to achieve 10,000 MW of energy by 2020.

Economic affairs minister, Norbu Wangchuk said hydropower projects take about 10 years to plan before the constructions can begin. Lyonpo said it is not possible to achieve 10,000 MW of electricity by 2020.

The minister also said construction of some hydropower projects has completed and that the ministry is in the process of preparing Detailed Project Report (DPR) of other identified projects.

Detailed Project Report of Amochhu Hydropower Project was completed last year but has some unresolved security issues, Lyonpo added.

Lyonpo also said the Kurichhu project will begin in the 11th FYP and they have already estimated a budget of Nu 400 M.

He said the hydropower projects also depend on the release of budget from the government of India.

1 Comment for “Status of new hydropower projects questioned in NA”

  1. Jigme

    We really need to out source the possibilities of finding the budgets other than always relying on Indian government. We really to look beyond the current situation and need a serious change in our pattern of lending and finding donors.
    On top that, every project that we start with some assistance from India government, almost all top management personal are Indian, which changes the face of project as like it is solely built by them, design by them, test by them, and they learnt from it. Bhutanese technical personals are only engaged into supervision at site which is not much of challenge and test of skills. Few of us are involved in higher post but not much of authority to run the project as our interest.
    So, we need to study seriously in this regards and policy maker and authority, ministry, or who ever lived our country needs to act early and policy or law must be made on this regards… On oversea employment act, the tenure of employment here…. Because we see and hear few people are working in Bhutan ever since they came out of their college.

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