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Urban Dimapur gets new power sub-station

Tovihoto inaugurates power substation
Advisor Power, Tovihoto Ayemi along with Power Department Officials during the inauguration of Power Sub-Station at Forest Colony, Dimapur

Deptt says new facility will help mitigate power outage by at least 40%

DIMAPUR, MARCH 22: The State Power Department today hoped that there would be improvement in the power supply with reduced load shedding in Dimapur after the inauguration of 33/11kv 2×10 MVA sub-station at Forest Colony Dimapur.
After this sub-station becomes fully functional, the load from the already overloaded 33/11kv 2×10 MVA sub-station at Metha Colony would be transferred to Forest Colony sub-station, thereby improving the power quality in Dimapur town.

Inaugurating the sub-station, Advisor for Power, Tovihoto Ayemi said this sub-station is very important for the Department as well as the people of Dimapur. He said people in west side of Dimapur have been facing lots of difficulties and have waited for long for this sub-station to become functional.
Stating that with the inauguration of the Forest Colony sub-station, there are now 10 sub-stations in Dimapur, Tovihoto said the thick population of urban Dimapur has been covered by only Metha sub-station, but now with the new sub-station, the one at Metha colony would be given 40% to 50% relief.
He said that with lots of economic activities happening in Dimapur, thereby increasing power consumption and load, the Department felt the need to construct this 20 MVA sub-station. He thanked the Forest Department for donating the land for the sub-station. He also thanked the Power Department for making the dream project a reality. He further thanked the company and entrepreneur for completing the project in a record time.
Taking the opportunity, the Advisor said that the PDA Government has just completed three years. He said the PDA Government has promised the people all round development, is for the welfare of the people and committed to deliver goods. Under the leadership of Neiphiu Rio, we have witnessed that development is taking place, he added.
He also urged GBs, DUCCF, Naga Council Dimapur, Dimapur Naga Women Hoho and other the civil society leaders to extend cooperation to the Power Department to resolve issues.
In regards to pre-paid meters, Tovihoto said it was first introduced in Marwari Patti and has been running successfully. He disclosed that 10,000 pre-paid meters would be installed in Dimapur, out of which 4500 has already been installed. In Kohima, a total of 19000 pre-paid meters would be installed, he added.
He disclosed that the Union Budget has already reflected smart metering and pre-paid meter systems and Nagaland is no exception. “We have no choice, we will have to shift,” he said.
Er Lobosang Jamir presented the technical report on the new sub-station. He said the 2×10 MVA 33/33 kv new sub-station at Forest Colony Dimapur has been constructed under the Integrated Power Development Scheme (IPDS) at the sanctioned cost of Rs 9.16 crore.
He said the new sub-station at Forest Colony will be relieving a significant portion (40%) of the load from Metha SS and would ensure stable power supply and lesser frequency of unscheduled power outages to the citizens residing in the main town areas. He also said the business establishments would be able to transact efficiently and electricity revenue would improve, households/residents would experience better livelihood.
Er Moa Aier, Chief Engineer (D&R), said that the 33/11kv 2×10 MVA Metha Colony sub-station was overloaded and to protect the transformers, the Department had to impose heavy load shedding during the summer months. He said it was not only the load shedding but even power quality was poor due to the overloading and hence lower voltages were available at the consumer end premises. He hoped that his year, there would be improvement with reduced load-shedding on account of transformer capacity limitation at Metha Clony sub-station, at the new sub-station at Forest Colony would off-load some of the load from Metha Colony.
Aier also highlighted the problems of manpower shortage and said this station requires to be manned 24×7, which would require 12 nos of Operation & maintenance (O&M) staff divided into 2 shifts and one shift-reliever.

He lamented that not a single post has been created against this new facility and the Department has been compelled to pull out staff from existing already-overloaded duties. He, however, hoped that this manpower requirement aspect would be looked into by the Government.
Others who spoke on the occasion include Er N Mozhui, Chief Engineer (D&R), Power and Er Shikato Sema, Engineer-in-Chief, Power.
On the occasion, Tovihoto Ayemi also launched the pre-paid meters. (Page News Service)