Assam cabinet approves Rs 52 billion power infrastructure modernisation project

The Assam state government has approved a massive Rs 52 billion project, marking a huge step in updating its power distribution infrastructure. A cabinet meeting chaired by the chief minister, Himanta Biswa Sarma, authorised the detailed project report for this transformational initiative. The extensive project, intended to upgrade and modernise the state’s electricity distribution infrastructure, is scheduled to be carried out under the direction of the revamped distribution sector scheme of the union government. The project has been scheduled to be completed by March 31, 2026, and a total of 6,700,000 electricity users across the state are anticipated beneficiaries.

Furthermore, Assam is moving in the direction of renewable energy options by signing a 100 MW power purchase agreement with the Solar Energy Corporation of India. This will allow the state to tap clean power from sustainable sources as a result to this action.

Under the Inter-State Transmission System Tranche-VI Scheme, the Assam Cabinet has also given its approval for the purchase of wind-solar hybrid power. This decision is intended to guarantee a steady supply of electricity, especially during times of high demand.

In March 2023, the Assam Cabinet has authorised the establishment of 620 MW of renewable energy projects through a joint venture between the Assam Power Generation Corporation and Oil India Limited. Three agri-voltaic projects with a total capacity of 250 MW were included in the projects.

In February 2023, the state cabinet permitted a proposal to establish a 70 MW solar project at Khudigaon under the Bilaspara Revenue Circle in the Dhubri district.