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NE resolves to work jointly for power supply
Correspondent IMPHAL, JAN 12:
Published on 12 Jan. 2010 11:49 PM IST
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Keeping in mind the need for sustainable power resource in the economic development of the region, the two day long 8th North Eastern Regional Power Committee meeting held here in Imphal has on Tuesday resolved to work jointly to improve power resource mobilization in the North Eastern Region. Power minister of Nagaland, DY Sema and Tripura, Manik Dey and Manipur, Phungzathang Tonsing also attended apart from officials and engineers of power departments of seven north eastern states, Manipur, Nagaland, Assam, Tripura, Mizoram, Meghalaya and Arunachal Pradesh in the meeting concluded today with state Chief Minister, O Ibobi Singh in the chair. The meeting prominently discussed on the insufficient in power supply which is directly related with the slow in development passage which in turn affected to the economic development if the region. Application of micro wave linking system for improving power distribution system and modification of the power distribution system of the NE region and sending for training in foreign countries were resolved in the meeting, the chairman of the committee, Chief Engineer, N Sharat of Manipur electricity department told. Speaking on the occasion, Manipur Chief Minister, O Ibobi Singh said that the shortage of power has become a matter of concern of all North Eastern States as the must needed power demand for economic development is growing day by day. “This has arrested the growth of economy in general and affected the quality of the life of people of this region particularly. Our concerted effort and thrust therefore, should be on the timely completion of power projects and the associated transmission systems interlinking the states of the region,” Singh observed. The demand will further increase after the completion of the flagship programmes of village electrification under the Rajiv Gandhi Grameen Vidyutikaran Yojana (RGGVY) in all the states and after implementation of accerlerated power development reforms programme-II, Ibobi observed and appealed all Central and State government organisations to explore all means to harness the untapped resources of power in the region. He also informed the gathering that Manipur Government has decided to implement (3x22) 66 MW, Loktak Downstream Hydro Electricity Project from the fiscal year 2010-11 as a joint venture project with NHPC. Tipaimukh HEP (6x 250) MW is also finalized to take up by the state government with NHPC and Satluj Jal Vidyut Nigam Limited. He further expressed believed that the Central Sector Generating utilities, NEEPCO, NHPC, NTPC and OTPC will maintain strict schedule to commission their ongoing projects like Kameng HEP (600 MW). Lower Subansiri HEP (2000 MW), Bongaigoan (750 MW) and Pallatana (750 MW) respectively within scheduled commissioning time. The commissioning of these projects at Pallatana and Bongaigoan will definitely improve the much needed base load, improved the thermal-hydro mix and transform the power scenario in the region during the dry seasons, Ibobi added. The chief minister who talked at length of on the power shortage problems in the region appealed the gathering officials and engineers to co-ordinate each other and jointly effort to improve the power transmission system in the region.

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