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Mkg load shedding due to power shortage

Published on 2 Dec. 2012 12:15 AM IST
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Power department Saturday clarified that current load shedding in Mokokchung was not due to the shifting of 25 MVA transformer but insufficient power available at the generation source.

This was contained in a letter addressed to additional chief Engineer & HoD power department, Kohima Saturday by the Superintending Engineer Mokokchung (Electrical Circle), S.K Gupta.

The SE also informed the Addl.CE that the department had explained the power situation at a meeting with AKM convened by the Addl. Deputy Commissioner Mokokchung at the latter’s residence.

SE said the department explained that more than 70% of installed power capacity in NE region was hydro-based and so power shortage was experienced every year during dry season though demand kept increasing. He also informed that the AKM strongly put forward that the public would no longer bear the difficulty of facing 12-hour load shedding everyday in Mokokchung, affecting all normal activities. AKM pointed out that in contrast there were just 3-hour load shedding in other towns like Kohima and Dimapur.

SE also mentioned that AKM was aggrieved due to such apparent imbalance and that the since there has been no improvement despite ultimatum served, the students threatened to resort to their own action with immediate effect.

Further SE also mentioned that  Mokokchung load centre has not overdrawn from its allocation during the last two weeks but Power Grid disconnected 132 kv Doyang-Aolichen (Mkg) on at least eight occasions on the ground that Nagaland was overdrawing power. This further added to the problems and number of load shedding hours within the districts of Mokokchung, Zunheboto, Mon and Longleng. SE’s letter concluded with a request to the additional chief engineer & HoD power department, Kohima to take further necessary action.

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