Nagaland’s demand for electricity supply to reach 400MW by 2025

Nagaland’s demand for electricity supply to reach 400MW by 2025
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Kohima, April 20: The rapid growth of demand in electricity supply in Nagaland which is expected to touch 400MW by 2025 poses as a big challenge for the Department of Power in the absence of infrastructure and overloaded or too old Extra High Voltage (EHV) sub-stations.
While the present peak demand of electricity in the State stands at about 150MW and taking 15% aggregate annual load growth, the demand for 400MW by 2025 would be a big challenge, said Chief Engineer (T&G) Rokozhalie Angami at the first official meeting held with MLA and Advisor, Power Tovihoto Ayemi here today.
Highlighting the issues, concerns and challenges of the department especially on the operation and maintenance sector, Angami said that despite raising its concerns time and again to the Government, the fund allocations over the past years have been insignificant with the growing expectation from the department for maintenance and operation.
Stating that it is a big challenge before the Government and the power engineers, Angami asserted that special attention and top priority should be given to build up the requisite infrastructure in the generation, transmission and distribution sectors through various Central and State programmes.
He also maintained that “on completion of the ongoing transmission line projects and projects under NERPSIP, we should be in a position to meet the required demand.”
Bringing to light some activities of the department, he informed that the 132/33 kV Sub-station at Sanis with the transmission line connecting Doyang Hydro Electric Project and Wokha has been completed and successfully in operation since October 19, 2017. With this, he said Kohima is now connected with an alternative source from the grid.
An additional 4x8MVA 132/33 kV Sub-station at Kohima is in trial operation since December 22 last till date whereby Kohima district is now having stable power supply, which otherwise was under load shedding in spite of power availability in the grid, he said.
Bringing good news for the citizens of Dimapur, Angami informed that the State Government have considered installation of 100MVA 132/33 kV Transformer at Nagarjan Sub-Station Dimapur. The transformer, he said, is expected to be delivered by the end May 2018.
In the generation sector, he said the 24 MW Zungki and 42 MW Lower Tizu HEPs are found to be feasible and substantial among the identified Hydro potential sites while the DPR for the 24MW Zungki HEP with a project cost of Rs 288 crore is ready and the proposal for Lower Tizu has been sent to MoP for consideration along with the DPR.
In this regard, he requested the advisor to accord top priority on early implementation of the above projects by using his good office in obtaining the financial tie-up for funding.
President of Association of Power Engineers Nagaland (APEN), Shikato Sema opined that while power sector in other parts of the country is considered as priority sector and recognised as an engine for growth, regrettably in the State, the department is forced to maintain power supply with hardly any support and meagre resources for the last several years.
While pointing out the assets in every single town and villages which require operation and maintenance and 24/7 duty shifts as power lines are the first that gets affected during rains and storms, he expressed hope that the advisor would look into its grievances and take the power department to greater heights.
President of the All Nagaland Electricity Field Workers Association (ANEFWA), Ayeto Sumi also highlighted on the shortage of man power and the urgent need to replace outdated materials, some of which, he said even dated back to 1978.
Describing the field workers as the backbone of the power department, Sumi at the same time pointed out that they bear the brunt of public hostility in the event of load shedding and power cut, which mostly occur due to outdated materials.
While appreciating the department for managing the entire operation with the meagre fund allocation, shortage of man power and outdated materials, MLA Ayemi assured to look into their grievances in every way that can be possible.
At the same, he also called for coordination among the officers and staff and to deliver their best with sincerity and dedication in the service of the people as all are equally responsible to bring change and improvement in the State.
While reiterating the PDA’s 100 days target programmes, Ayemi asserted that it will deliver its best in whichever way possible in all departments and bring improvement and achievement which will be visible to the people.
Meanwhile the department has awarded ten meter readers and eight bill assistants. The award carries a cash prize of Rs 5000 and a citation each. Best revenue performing district was awarded to Mokokchung district with cash prize of Rs 20,000 and a citation. (Page News Service)