Arunachal Pradesh Current Affairs - 2020

HimVijay exercise: to be organised by IAF on Chinese border in October

The exercise codenamed as ‘HimVijay’ is scheduled to be carried out by Indian Armed Forces in October 2019 in Arunachal Pradesh, close to borders with China. In these upcoming war games, the Indian Armed Forces plan to deploy their latest American weapons systems such as M777 ultra-light howitzers and Chinook heavy-lift helicopters.

About HimVijay exercise

HimVijay exercise is planned by India at over 10,000 feet in the northeast (in Arunachal Pradesh). It will be held a little further from Line of Actual Control (LAC) with China.

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This exercise assumes greater significance as Indian Army will for the 1st time see in action its Integrated Battle Groups (IBGs)– the brainchild of Army Chief Gen Bipin Rawat. Also, three mountain IBGs carved out of Panagarh-based 17 Corps’ (Mountain Strike Corps) 59 Mountain Division will be in action. IBGs are touted to be mainstay of future operational strategies in Western, Northern and Eastern theatres.

The exercise will mainly test war fighting abilities of newly-raised 17 Mountain Strike Corps and the 17 MSC has been provided with M777 Ultra-Light Howitzers as they would be in an attack mode against the ‘enemy’ locations and would require lighter guns.

Exercise will also involve Indian Air Force (IAF) which would provide aerial elements for real war-type drills.

Operation ‘will see the participation of more than 15,000 personnel, with each IBG consisting of nearly 5,000 troops backed by a combination of tanks, medium artillery, helicopters and transport aircraft. Exercise will see in action C130J Super Hercules, AN32s and the C17s besides helicopters from both Army Aviation and IAF.

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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.

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