Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the 60 MW (megawatt) Tuirial hydropower project in Aizawl, Mizoram. It is first large hydropower central government project to be commissioned in Mizoram.
It is expected to boost socio-economic development of the state. It made Mizoram third power-surplus state in North-East after Sikkim and Tripura.
The Tuirial hydropower project has been built on Tuirial River, a tributary of Barak River. It was first cleared in 1998, by the then Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee. It is central sector project, built at cost of Rs. 1302 crore. It was executed by North Eastern Electric Power Corporation (NEEPCO) under Union Ministry of Power.
The hydropower project will produce 251 million units of electrical energy every year. Moreover, water stored in in its reservoir (spread over an area of 45 square km) will provide connectivity to remote villages and will also be used for development of fisheries.