FAC holds back clearance for 3,097 MW HEP in Arunachal Pradesh

The MoEFCC’s Forest Advisory Committee (FAC) has deferred the forest clearance for the 3,097 MW Etalin hydroelectric project in Dibang valley, Arunachal Pradesh. The FAC found major inadequacies in the environmental impact assessment report as it did not cover the project’s impact on the region’s biodiversity properly. Earlier, in February 2017, the project was reported to have received environmental clearance, subject to certain conditions. The project is being developed by Etalin Hydro Electric Power Company Limited, a joint venture (JV) between Jindal Power Limited and Hydro Power Development Corporation of Arunachal Pradesh Limited.