Arunachal Pradesh Current Affairs - 2019

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Cabinet approves 2880 MW Dibang MPP in Arunachal Pradesh

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has approved expenditure on pre-investment activities and various clearances for Dibang Multipurpose Project (MPP) in Arunachal Pradesh for an amount of Rs.1600 crore.

About Dibang Multipurpose Project

Dibang MPP, a storage based hydro-electric project is the largest ever Hydro Electric Projects to be constructed in India. The envisaged height of Concrete Gravity Dam is 278 metres and on completion it will be highest dam in India.

Project is located on Dibang River, in Lower Dibang Valley District of Arunachal Pradesh. It envisages construction of a 278 m high Concrete Gravity Dam (above deepest foundation level), 6 Nos. horseshoe-shaped Head Race Tunnels of length varying from 300-600 m with 9 m diameter, an underground Power House and 6 Nos. horseshoe-shaped Tail Race Tunnels of length varying from 320 m-470 m with 9m diameter.

Key Objective behind construction of Dibang MPP is flood moderation as it shall prevent sizeable downstream area from floods.

Dibang MPP is one of the components of master plan of Brahmaputra Board for flood moderation of all rivers contributing to river Brahmaputra. After implementation of Brahmaputra Board’s master plan sizable area will be protected from flooding and help in mitigating perennial damage due to floods in Assam.

Project Cost: Estimated total cost of Project- Rs.28080.35 including Construction (IDC) & Financing Charges (FC) of Rs.3974.95 crore at June 2018 price level.

Project Completion:  Estimated completion period for project shall be 9 years from receipt of Government sanction.

Power Generation: Project shall generate 2880 Megawatt (12x240MW) power to produce 11223MU (Million Units) of energy in 90% dependable year.

Power Distribution: On completion, Government of Arunachal Pradesh will get 12% free power from project i.e. 1346.76 MU. 1% free power (i.e. 112 MUs) will be given in Local Area Development Fund(LADF). Estimated project life would be 40 years.

Clearances: Project already has all statutory clearances namely TEC, Environment Clearance, Forest Clearance (Stage-l) and Defence Clearance except Forest Clearance (Stage-II) for seeking Investment Sanction from Centre.

IAF AN-32 Aircraft Missing

Indian Air Force’s AN-32 transport aircraft goes missing after taking off from Jorhat in Assam. The airborne aircraft had total 13 people on board including eight aircrew and five passengers.

Key Highlights

  • AN-32 aircraft got airborne on 3 June from Jorhat at 12:27 p.m. for Mechuka Advanced Landing Ground (only 29 kms from the China border), in Mechuka Valley in West Siang District of Arunachal Pradesh. It last contacted ground agencies at around 1:00 p.m. after that there has been was no contact with the aircraft.
  • Since the aircraft lost the contact and did not reach the destination also Indian Air Force initiated overdue actions.

Search Operation:

  • C 130J Super Hercules aircraft, AN-32 military transport aircraft, two Mi-17 (medium twin-turbine transport helicopter)of Indian Air Force (IAF) and ALH (Advanced Light Helicopters) helicopter of Indian Army were launched to locate the missing aircraft.
  • Helicopters were routed to the location after some ground reports were received about possible location of a crash site however no wreckage has been sighted so far.
  • IAF is in continuous coordination with Indian Army and with various government and civil agencies to locate the missing aircraft.
  • The Search operation to locate the missing IAF AN-32 aircraft is underway with operation from air by IAF and by ground parties of Indian Army and the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP).

About Anton AN-32

  • It is a tactical transport aircraft and is an extensive used by Indian Air Force (IAF).
  • It has been in service since 1984 and has been a trustworthy workhorse for the IAF for many years.
  • Specification: As the service ceiling of Antonov An-32 turboprop aircraft is 31,000ft so it flies lower and slower (with a cruising speed of 470 kmph) than most commercial jetliners (which have a service ceiling of 40,000ft), thus this gives lesser room for the An-32 to outrun bad weather or climb over it.