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Take extraordinary measures to clear Power dues: Official

Nagaland News

DIMAPUR, FEBRUARY 3: Engineer-in-Chief of Power Department, Shikato Sema has expressed concern at the alarming figure of outstanding dues owed to North Eastern Electric Power Corporation (NEEPCO), ONGC Tripura Power Company (OTPC) and National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC), according to a DIPR report on Wednesday.

Delivering the keynote address at the 2-day Technical Coordination Sub-Committee (TCC) and North Eastern Regional Power Committee meeting, which began in Kohima on February 3, Shikato Sema, who is also the chairman of TCC, urged the constituent members to take extraordinary measures to clear the dues as the financial health of those generating companies is crucial to the sustainability of the region as a whole.
He also stressed on the need to take up with Government of India, the Power System Development Fund (PSDF) pattern with regards to “Reliable Communication” project, for 100% funding as a special case for the northeast States.
Shikato highlighted that as far as Power demand was concerned, the demand met of NER Grid has increased from around 1.5 GW in 2009-10 to approximately 3 GW in 2019-20 and 690 MU/month in 2009-10 to 1360 MU/month in 2019-20 which is about 100% growth in the last ten years.
He said that the power sector in India has undergone significant progress since independence and has an installed capacity of 374 GW approximately as of December 2020.
The official added that India has the world’s largest synchronized national grid with 4,33,510 circuit km of transmission lines at various voltage levels.
Moa Aier, CE (D&R), Department of Power, welcomed the delegates from Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Tripura, Mizoram, Meghalaya, Manipur and officials from various central undertakings.
Rio to head NERPC
Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio took charge as chairman of North Eastern Regional Power Committee (NERPC) on February 3.
According to the DIPR, the formal ‘handing and taking over of charge’ with the former chairman, James Sangma, could only be held on February 3 due to COVID-19 pandemic, though Rio had officially assumed the charge on March 16, 2020.

NERPC is the highest forum which co-ordinates various issues relating to Power Sector of all the constituent states of the northeast which includes transmission and generation utilities. It is also responsible for monitoring energy flow and enforcement of Grid Discipline.
The tenure of the chairman of the NERPC is held on a one-year rotational basis among Power Ministers of the north-eastern States, it added.
Rio will address the delegate on the second day of the meet. Power Ministers of the northeast region are also scheduled to speak. (Page News Service)