PORVORIM: The recent High Court order directing the Goa government to notify Mhadei -Cotigao corridor as tiger reserve is likely to spell doom to the proposed Tamnar Transmission Project. Power Minister Sudin Dhavalikar has told House that with the tiger reserve, the project might be in limbo.
Aldona MLA Carlos Alvares Ferreira questioned the minister over the impact of the tiger corridor on the project on the floor of the house, he said, “I don’t have an answer on this. It is not decided yet. But, if tiger reserve comes in force then there may be complications”.
Sudin said that the Dharbandora to Mapusa portion of the Tanmar transmission line will be completed in 2023 and the part from Karnataka to Dharbandora will be completed by 2025.
“We do not have control over the project. We have taken the project because we are getting 1,200 MW of electricity,” he added.
He further asserted that even if the Tanmar line does not complete, the high-cost infrastructure created in Goa will be of use to the state.
“Substation at Dharbandora itself will be worth more than Rs 400 crore,” he informed. 17,000 trees are proposed to be cut in the Transmission Project line from Dharbandora to Cuncolim to Sheldem, Sudin informed the house.