Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has dedicated a 1200-km East-North Tala power transmission system to the nation of India, according to a report from Asian News International (ANI).

The project is a 49:51 joint venture between Tata Power and Bhutan's Power Grid Corporation Limited (PGCIL). This is India's first power transmission project developed in public-private partnership, ANI's report said. It will benefit the states of West Bengal, Bihar, Jharkhand and Sikkim.

According to the agreement between the Bhutan and India, the project will transfer power from Bhutan's 1,020 MW power Tala Hydro-Electric project, which had started electricity generation in July last year. The $750 million project is the biggest Indo-Bhutan joint venture and completely funded by India.