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APEN on Dmu power situation
Dimapur, Apr 22 (NPN):
Published on 23 Apr. 2010 12:21 AM IST
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Due to the ‘unresponsive’ attitude of the state government to the proposal of the Power department made in May 2005 for creation of new posts to man several new lines and substations in Dimapur, Association of Power Engineers of Nagaland (APEN) has informed public that the Power department should not be blamed in the event of any breakdown or major blackouts in Dimapur.
A joint statement issued by Association of Power Engineers of Nagaland president Er. Khose Sale and general secretary Er. Moa Aier pointed out that during 1980s to early 1990s the peak power demand in Dimapur was only 25 MW while it was 40 MW for the entire state.
By late 1990s , the suppressed power of Dimapur alone crossed 30 MW thereby pushing the previously existing infrastrcutre to new breaking point.
After DoNER provided grant of Rs. 65 crore, the association said capacity additions were made during 2002-07 when new uprgadation of 66/ kv lines spanning more than 80 kms and upgradation of new 33kv and 11 kv lines totaling more than 60 kms were laid besides distribution of 72 transformers at various locations and localities totaling 1800 KVA including six new extra high voltage sub-stations of 66kv and above totaling 110,000 KAVA.
It pointed out that during the same period, capacity additions were implemented in Dimapur, Chumukedima and Niuland area.
It also said that in order to man the new substations, some of the existing staff from the existing substations were pressed into service at the new 66/33 kv 10 MVA sub station Chumukedima. As a consequence field staff were reduced and unavailable for repair and construction works resulting in prolonged power cuts and breakdowns.
Association of Power Engineers of Nagaland also cited the case of new substations at Purana Bazar, Nito Farm and Industrial Growth Centre, Ganeshguri which were commissioned in 2007 to relieve the overloaded existing lines and substations but owing shortage of operating staff, it has not been done.
In the light of capacity additions, Association of Power Engineers of Nagaland said it was found necessary to increase manpower to man the new assets and department in May 2005 proposed for creation of posts for operations of the new sub-stations. However, it said despite repeated reminders from the department, the government has not responded.

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