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State to corporatise power sector: Doshehe
Correspondent KOHIMA, NOV 9 (NPN):
Published on 10 Nov. 2010 12:09 AM IST
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Nagaland power minister Doshehe Y. Sema today said the process to corporatise the power sector in the state was already on, adding the file was already in the process.
Doshehe told mediapersons during an interaction after inaugurating the first ever solar space heating system installed at the civil secretariat in the presence of several department officials.
The need to corporatise the power sector arose as there were certain changes in the prevailing financial norms in availing loan for development and power generation, the minister said.
“Our winds and water resources are going wasted and this is the beginning” in tapping the rich resources, said Doshehe while referring to the newly inaugurated solar space heating system.
The newly inaugurated Solar Space Heating System, the first of its kind in the North East India, was installed at the cost of Rs. 59 lakh and was gifted to the state by Bureau of Energy Efficiency director general Dr. Ajay Mathur, during his maiden visit to the state last year.
The space heating system through solar energy has covered 16 rooms including the chief minister’s chamber, conference room, all cabinet ministers’ rooms, chief secretary’s chamber and conference room and chamber and conference room of the principal secretary home.
The integrated heating closed loop water system uses solar energy which is converted to thermal energy, to heat the rooms through the heat-tube which flows to the rooms to keep it warm by releasing heat to the surrounding air.
The system used solar energy to raise the temperature of the water with the help of solar collector called Evacuative Tube Heat Pipe and the solar energy is converted to heat energy. It can drive the water temperature to generate hot water to over 85 degree Celsius and can maintain the water temperature at 45 to 50 degree Celsius.
The newly inaugurated system consist of 48 separate sets each containing 20 tubes, 26 sets are connected to one tank and 22 sets are connected to the other tank having a capacity of 1600 litres of water and insulated with 100 mm thick rock wool to minimize the heat loss.
Meanwhile, talking to mediapersons later, Doshehe recalled that deputy chairman union planning commission Montek Singh Alluwahlia, during recent meeting, had complimented Nagaland for doing well in several front in comparing to other state of the region and asked to give special attention to the state depending on the need though criteria of the scheme may not suite the state.
He also claimed that state government was moving along with the fast moving world.
On the need to bifurcate the power sector into different wings, depending on the different forms of energy and in tune with the central government, the minister said the department was examining the same but admitted that for a small state like Nagaland it was not feasible as of now.
He, however, agreed that in future, the state will have to unbundle it.
Further, Doshehe revealed that state government wanted equity in the 140 MW Dikhu Hydro Electric project.
He also said that setting up of some coal based thermal plant and some other Hydro Electric Projects was on the pipeline.
“There are coal deposits in certain pockets in the state but it has high Sulphur content for which we cannot go for more than 25 MW, else we have to go for de-sulphurisation,” said the power minister.
Moreover, the bottleneck of setting up thermal plant is the lack of infrastructure and lack of sufficient water source which is required for that, he added.

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