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Etalin Hydropower Project

Etalin Hydropower Project:

The Forest Advisory Committee (FAC) has recently asked the Arunachal Pradesh Government to review the Etalin hydropower project.

  • The FAC has recently asked the Arunachal Pradesh government to file a fresh proposal for forest diversion and the construction of the Etalin hydroelectric project (EHEP) due to non-compliance to conditions stipulated by the FAC and the overwhelming pushback against the project in the region.

Etalin Hydroelectric Project (EHEP):

  • It is a 3,097 MW hydropower project planned in the Dibang Valley of Arunachal Pradesh.
  • It is one of the largest hydropower projects proposed in the country in terms of installed capacity.
  • EHEP is proposed to be developed as a combination of two run-of-the-river schemes.
  • The project involves the construction of concrete gravity dams on the Tangon and Dri riverswhich are tributaries of Dibang river.
  • The project area falls under the “richest bio-geographical province of the Himalayan zone” and “one of the mega biodiversity hotspots of the world”.
  • The project area is dominated by indigenous population belonging to Idu-Mishmi tribes.
  • Idu-Mishmi Tribe are the lone inhabitant tribe of Dibang Valley district, Arunachal Pradesh.