Itanagar: The United People's Council (UPC), a social organization, has welcomed a memorandum of agreement (MoA) between the Arunachal Pradesh Mineral Development and Trading Corporation Limited (APMDTCL) and the North East Thermal Power Limited for setting up a 300 MW coal-based thermal power plant in Changlang district.
The council, however, sounded a note of caution through a communiqui, urging the government to be careful while entering into any agreement with an outside investor and carefully analyze all aspects of the MoA, particularly inclusion of the Social Rehabilitation and Resettlement Policy of 2008.
Stating that the power plant, taken up as a joint venture, "promises a better future", the UPC said once the plant was made operational it would bring about development in the area and increase the state's revenue with involvement of the APMDTCL as a shareholder. "This is an appreciable move of the government, which has been facing financial crunch for expanding its development initiatives to meet growing aspirations of people," UPC leaders Anok Wangsa and Aath Tacho Kabak said. "No development can take place in isolation without involvement of people and government. The more the states earning, the more will be the development in the state," the communique added.