Post Mortem

A moment to reflect on

By Nagaland Post | Publish Date: 8/17/2019 12:23:45 PM IST

 The state of Nagaland is one among the few states in India which struggle to generate sufficient electricity on its own. Shortage of power is one of the major impediments to industrialization and economic development in the state. The season of continuous load shedding in Nagaland every year is the most treaded season of the year. The untold hardships and inconveniences that come with this season is something that nobody likes to recollect. This periodic Dark Age in Nagaland not only causes problem to the general public but also causes huge lose to the business community. It has been observed that Nagaland spends around 250 crores annually to meet its growing power demand. According to official sources, out of the 250 crores , the total revenue collected from the consumer does not exceed Rs 120 crore. This information alone evidently depicts a clear picture of the power crisis in the state. Thus even after 50 years of attaining statehood, Nagaland is still the lowest power producing states in India. All these become more unacceptable since Nagaland has huge potential to generate enough power supply to the entire state and beyond.

A brief review of the current power status in the state clearly indicates that the daily requirement of the state at peak hour is 165 M.W/ off peak hour 100 MW.  Whereas the existing four power projects in the state is able to produce only 89.93 MW daily. The crisis is likely to worsen as the daily power consumption in the state will reach 250 MW by 2020 and 400 MW by 2025. Thus the state is heading towards a mega power crisis if it does not take up concrete steps to counter the challenge that is ahead of her. Presently the state is in a long term agreement to purchase power from C.P.S.U Generation Utilities from NEEPCO, NTPC and NHPC to meet the immediate requirements. This arrangement however is not the solution to the increasing power demand in the state

The proposal made by the Planning and Co- ordination and land revenue minister on 7th Oct. 2018 to draw up a plan to construct a 24 MW hydro electric project at Tizu valley under Phek district is a positive initiative towards power self- sufficiency in the state. It is also worth mentioning that Kiphire district alone has the potential to generate 150 MW of power which can solve much of the energy requirement of the state.

Another step to advance power and boast energy security is to install the Grid Connect Rooftop Photo Voltaic (GRPV).  This solar panel installation will benefit the consumers by delivering Energy at houses, institutions, hospitals etc.

The ‘made in Nagaland’ mini generator Hydroger could well be another source to answer the plight of the people especially in the far flung areas. This mini generator is capable of generating 3 KW of power from running water from any source. In fact the indigenously built Hydroger has successfully lighted up many hamlets across north east India.  The Nagaland Empowerment of People through Energy Development (NEPeD) has successfully installed the Hydroger at an army camp in Jammu and Kashmir’s Leh Ladakh region. This alternative source of energy holds vast potentials for community-owned small hydro power generation in villages across Nagaland.

 Therefore the state government needs to take up and implement various projects to tap the immense power potential in the state. Prioritizing energy and power security of the state will go a long way in bringing about economic development and industrialization. This will also bring an end to the periodic ‘Dark Age’ in the state which is the cause of many untold hardships and sufferings for the people of the state.

Sungit Jamir, Changtongya Town

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