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NE power ministers to meet PM
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Published on 13 Aug. 2010 12:02 AM IST
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Power ministers from the eight northeastern states Thursday decided to meet prime minister Manmohan Singh over the huge power deficit in the region.
“We (Power Ministers) will go to New Delhi to meet prime minister Manmohan Singh to discuss the common issues on power sector faced by the region,” Meghalaya power minister A.T. Mondal told reporters on the concluding two-day power ministers meeting here.
He said that the “common issues” included growing power deficit, delay in the commissioning of power projects, enhancement of natural gas from Rs 2112.00 per 1000 SCM to Rs 4580.00 per SCM among others will also be raised before union power minister Sushil Kumar Shinde and petroleum minister Murli Deora.
Mondal, who is also the chairman of the NE Regional Power Committee, said the power ministers would also raise the issue of the Central Electricity Regulatory Commission to divert the North East Region Reactive Pool fund for utilizing at national level by way of creation of power system development fund.
“We are against the proposed move of the Central Electricity Regulatory Commission to divert the North East Region Reactive Pool fund as the fund was contributed by the Northeast states and we felt that it should be utilized for the development of the region,” the Meghalaya power minister said.
He also said that the recent hike in petroleum products would surely have an impact on sustaining the two gas thermal projects in Tripura.
Earlier, state-owned North Eastern Electric Power Corporation (NEEPCO) chief and managing director I. P. Barooah advocated a uniform power policy for the eight northeastern states.
“The region must think in terms of having a uniform hydel power policy so that the power sector can be developed in a coordinated manner,” he said.
Pointing out that the region has the potential to ‘light up half of India’, he said the northeast as a whole has the potential of producing about 70,000 MW of power.
“Arunachal Pradesh alone has the potential of producing 50,000 MW of power, but most of the proposed hydel power projects here have hit roadblocks,” he said. It maybe noted that the region with its vast potential is producing power just two to three percent of its actual potential due to various bottlenecks.

 
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