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Nagaland unable to manage intra-state transmission of electricity: Rio

21st NERPC meeting
Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio with dignitaries lighting the ceremonial lamp at the inauguration of 21st North East Regional Power Committee (NERPC) programme at Kohima.

DIMAPUR, FEBRUARY 4: Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio on Thursday said that Nagaland is unable to effectively manage its intra-state transmission system of electricity because 66 kV systems, which constitute about 60% of the State’s intra-state transmission facility, have been left out of various central schemes.

According to a DIPR report, the Chief Minister made this remark while addressing delegates at the 21st North Eastern Regional Power Committee (NERPC) meeting in Kohima.
He requested the committee to recommend the proposal to the Ministry of Power to fund the project under PSDF as special dispensation.
Rio said that most of the power projects in NE Region are hydro-based and due to geological uncertainties, commissioning of hydro projects is delayed because of which the tariffs are comparatively higher.
Nevertheless, since hydro projects are “the most potential area of Power generation”, he appealed to the executing agencies to take up the challenge and put up all efforts for timely commissioning of the projects.
The chief minister added that reliable communication is a crucial factor for both system and market operation in Power sector.
Rio remarked that the implementation of World Bank-funded projects like NERPSIP (North East Region Power System Improvement Project) undertaken by the POWERGRID through the initiative of Ministry of Power, will benefit all the north-eastern States immensely.
He further added that through this project, the much-needed construction of transmission lines and sub-stations are presently underway in many places, and urged upon POWERGRID, the implementing agency, to speed up the work as the tranche-I of NERPSIP is already running behind deadline, and unless it is expedited, the sanction and implementation of tranche-ii will be delayed.
He reminded the gathering that NE Region was carved out of “political turmoil, social geography and ethnic consideration”, and till date, actual infrastructural development is yet to take place.
Rio also said that benefits of the country’s growing economy should be shared with the small and underdeveloped States of NE Region.
Advisor for Power, Tovihoto Ayemi informed that due to huge shortfall in generating capacity, NE States are compelled to import at higher cost through eastern and northern grids.
He, therefore, urged for early restoration of Kopil stage I & II and upcoming generation projects such as Lower-subsansiri HEPC 2000MW, Dibang Hydro Multi project 2880mw in order to mitigate the power shortage problems.

Ayemi further urged the central electricity authority to consider a special dispensation for funding of 66 kV system under PDSF for an amount of Rs 13.09 cr, and to consider funding the gap after the exit of Assam from common facility in February 2021, as Nagaland’s share of Rs 3.12 cr per annum shall not be able to take additional financial burden. (Page News Service)