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State to get 3 major power lines
Correspondent Kohima, Feb 24 (NPN)
Published on 25 Feb. 2009 1:11 AM IST
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: In a major boost to the dismal power scenario in the state, Central Electricity Authority (CEA), Union Ministry of Power, has agreed to install three major transmission lines to supply power to the industries and agri/horticulture sectors in the state. Informing this over phone from Shillong, Power Minister Doshehe Y. Sema said the decision to this effect was taken during the two-day North Eastern Region Power Committee (NERPC) meeting in Shillong which concluded on Tuesday. The new three transmission lines would include 220 KV transmission line (New Kohima (Chiephobozou)-Kiphire via Phek), 220 KV transmission line (New Kohima (Chiephobozou)-Mon via Wokha and Mokokchung) and 132 KV transmission line (Wokha-Zunheboto-Mokokchung) connecting existing 66 KV Mokokchung-Tuensang transmission line. The first 220 KV new transmission line will supply power to industries, cement plant, iron ores etc between the southern and the northern part of Nagaland, the second 220 KV transmission line will supply power to Tuli paper mill and other industries in between northern and western part while 132 KV transmission line will provide power to industries including marble slat and sand stone factories, agriculture/horticulture sectors etc in the central part of the state. Doshehe said the proposals for the new power transmission lines were lying with the Union Power Ministry for the last three-four years. He hoped that once the three new transmission lines start supplying power, there would be rapid development in the industrial and agriculture sectors of the state. The minister also informed that at present the demand for power in the entire state stood at 95 MW and by the end of the 11th Five Year Plan it is expected to touch 200 MW. Meanwhile, the CEA has directed Power Grid Corporation of India Limited (PGCIL) to start survey and negotiable works to improve the power scenario in the entire Northeast region and submit the DPR to the Union Ministry of Power. To carry out these works, the DONER Ministry would sanction Rs 50 crore.

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