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Nagaland Government looking to purchase additional power: DoP

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DIMAPUR, FEBRUARY 12: Facing public outcry over acute power shortage in the State, the Government of Nagaland is now looking to purchase additional power from the spot market on emergency basis at a much higher rate to tide over the shortage at least for the month of February 2024 when Class X & XII board examinations are annually held.
The NBSE conducted Class 12/HSSLC Examination 2023 began on Monday while the Class 10/HSLC Examination 2024 will commence from Tuesday. Many student bodies in Nagaland had earlier appealed and even issued ultimatums to the State Power Department to improve power supply in the run up to the Board exams, but power supply continue to remain dismal in the State.
In a press release issued today, the Power Department assured that the Department keeping in mind the HSLC and HSSLC exams is taking all measures to improve the power stability and ensure stable supply.
“Therefore though at a much higher rate than the power which the State buys under long term Purchase Agreements the State Government has allowed the purchase of additional power from the spot market from outside the NE region on emergency basis. However additional power in the spot market is not always readily available and availability vary from time to time. The Department shall therefore be making al efforts to buy as per availability on the spot market to ease the power situation in the State”, assured the Department in the release issued by Er. Moa Aier, Engineer-in-Chief, Department of Power, Nagaland.
The State Power Department informed that power shortage in Nagaland has reached an alarming stage due to hydro generating stations not able to generate to its full potential. Several thermal power stations in the region had also taken shutdown for maintenance, which has added to the acute power shortage, it said.
“As North East Region is largely dependent upon hydro power, shortages is a perennial problem during the lean seasons every year. However, the shortages had been much more acute this year. The shutdown of a major thermal power station for maintenance has worsened the power availability situation”, the Department claimed.
According to the Department, availability and supply of power had been increasing every year. For instance, it said the peak demand of the State during the 1990s was only about 60MW, but now the peak demand has increased by 300% to 180 MW. However the availability is about 100MW only during the peak hours. Correspondingly the cost of power purchase is also increasing year by year, it said.
“This is therefore the request of the Department to all consumers that they should not only judiciously use electricity, but diligently cooperate with the Department for prompt payments of their monthly electricity bills. The Department had also been requesting all Village Councils through the District Administration to help and assist the Department to clear all vegetation such as trees and bamboos near power transmission and distribution lines, as maximum interruptions are caused by such vegetations”, it said.
Informing that the State at present is dependent 90% on import of power, the Department appealed that to organization(s) not to disrupt power installations, as it will only lead to more power instability.
For a long term solution, the Department informed that it is in the process of initiating several hydro power generation projects within the State, including new transmission and distribution lines and sub-stations for better power service.
(Page News Service)