Centre assures to develop power sector in Nagaland

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Dimapur, June 16: Union Minister of State for Power and New Renewable Energy, R.K. Singh has assured to give top priority for development of power sector in Nagaland.
The assurance was given after Advisor (Power), Tovihoto Ayemi along with senior officers from the State Power Department presented technical requirements of the State to the MoS (Power) in New Delhi on Friday.
On the issue of Aggregate Technical & Commercial losses (AT&C loss) in the State, which is now showing positive sign of improvement, the MoS said the huge revenue loss has to be quickly controlled in important towns like Dimapur by engaging various stakeholders.
RK Singh also categorically said that to quickly improve the power system, the State of Nagaland should no longer function in isolation with very outdated system and it is high time that like other North Eastern states, the power sector in Nagaland should also be immediately corporatized so as to enable the State to avail various benefits from financial institutions.
Earlier Advisor (Power) Tovihoto pointed out that the power sector in the State had been ignored for many years and there is a need to revamp and modernize the sector and for that the State resources alone is insufficient to bring quick changes, informed a press release by PRO (IPR) Nagaland House, New Delhi.
Tovihoto informed the MoS that the State had now identified various hydro potential locations but there are numerous challenges in development of hydro projects. One such reason is the funding pattern from the Government of India, as a result of which the State requires gap funding support from NEC/DoNER. He submitted a letter from the Chief Minister requesting the MoS to provide funding for few priority hydro projects in the State such as 42 Mega Watt Lower Tizu project, 24 Mega Watt Zungki project and 2.1 Mega Watt Dzuna experimental model project.
Accepting that the hydro project cost need to be thoroughly examined through appropriate central agency, the MoS gave assurance that necessary support will be extended. He, however, mentioned that all norms have to be followed while implementing various power projects in the State.
Tovihoto also highlighted that conversion of the existing electro-mechanical meters to prepaid meters is the only solution to mitigate huge AT&C loss of the State and requested the MoS to request DoNER Ministry to speed up the proposed pre-paid project covering 19 statutory and census towns.
(Page News Service)