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Road map for power sector reforms
Correspondent Kohima, Mar 4 (NPN):
Published on 5 Mar. 2009 1:07 AM IST
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The Power department has drawn a road map for reforms in the power sector in Nagaland. Displaying the current power scenario in the state in a hand-out at a press conference at NPF Central Office on Wednesday, Power Minister Doshehe Y Sema said Nagaland was facing acute shortage of power due to lack of power generation activities, inadequate and inefficient system, inadequate operation and maintenance of staff and funds as also alarming revenue deficit because of wrong attitude of the consumers. He informed that the plan of action would include formation of SPV in various powers projects such as Tizu-Zungki Hydro Electric Project, Dikhu Hydro Electric Project, Yangyu Hydro Electric Project and thermal (coal) plant outside Nagaland, SHEP/MHEP sites for promising entrepreneurs, development of SHEP by the power department, introduction of policy on power purchase license encompassing wheeling and banking facilities to encourage private entrepreneurs to set-up HEP/thermal pant and industries, providing transmission lines from Dimapur to New Kohima (220 KV), New Kohima to Kiphire via Phek (220 KV), New Kohima to Wokha–Mokokchung–Longleng-Mon (220 KV) and Wokha-Zunheboto-Mokokchung (132 KV), strengthening of NERC and electrical inspectorate to make it independent regulatory commission and inspectorate. Doshehe also said additional measures would be taken to improve human management , control and monitoring system for effective implementation of Accelerated Power Development Reconstruction Programme (APDRP), Rajiv Gandhi Gramin Vidhyutikaran Yojana (RGGVY), communization, RE intensification, billing and collection through private firms and the power department, IT applications, central store management and establishment of an anti-theft squad. The minister further said the main objectives of the reforms were efficient supply of electricity in terms of quality and cost, financial sustainability in mid-long terms without state budgetary support, strengthening of rural distribution management, resource mobilization for capital investment and payment of outstanding liabilities.

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