Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, in the august presence of Hon’ble Governor of Mizoram, Lt Gen.(Retd.) Nirbhay Sharma; Chief Minister of Mizoram, Lal Thanhawla; Minister of State (IC) for Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER); Prime Minister Office, Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions, Department of Atomic Energy and Department of Space, Dr. Jitendra Singh and Minister of State (IC) for Power and New & Renewable Energy, R.K. Singh, formally dedicated the 60 MW Tuirial Hydro Electric Power Project (HEPP) to the Nation. The Prime Minister also distributed cheques to the Start-up Entrepreneurs Aizawl, on 16th December, 2017.
The Tuirial HEPP has been constructed as a Central Sector Project and implemented by North Eastern Electric Power Corporation (NEEPCO), under the administrative control of the Ministry of Power, Government of India.
The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) cleared the Project for implementation in July 1998 with commissioning scheduled in July 2006. After completion of about 30% of the project activities, the works were totally suspended w.e.f. June 2004 due to local agitation. With sustained efforts by NEEPCO and with active support of Ministry of Power and Ministry of DoNER, Government of India and Government of Mizoram, the stalled works of the project were resumed in January 2011.
The Project being remotely located, encountered various hindrances ranging from inadequate communication infrastructure to the project site, massive failure of the Power House slopes due to poor soil condition, lack of availability of skilled manpower etc. These factors resulted in comparatively longer gestation period for the project. However, with all efforts from the agencies concerned, the project works were completed successfully, leading to commissioning of Unit-I on 25-08-2017 and Unit-II on 28-11-2017.