AWUMT dismayed over short-closure of project

DIMAPUR, NOV 24 (NPN) | Publish Date: 11/24/2021 1:29:22 PM IST

All Ward Union Mokokchung Town (AWUMT) has expressed dismay over the “short-closure” of the 2x10 MVA power project at Mokokchung Powerhouse, Salangtem Ward, which was communicated to the State government by Union Ministry of Power on November 1, 2021.

Hoping that the State government would find a way to complete the project, AAWUMT president Limanungsang and secretary Jongpongtemjen recalled that Power Grid Corporation of India Ltd (PGCIL) had started executing the North Eastern Region Power System Improvement Project (NERPSIP), under which two power substation projects were taken up at Mokokchung town – the 2x5 MVA at IMDH Medical Colony and 2x10 MVA at Mokokchung Powerhouse, Salangtem Ward.

While the substation at Medical Colony was nearing completion, they said construction of the oth-er substation at Salangtem Ward could not start due to objection by its landowner claiming com-pensation. 

They mentioned that there was an urgency to resolve the issue as the Union Ministry of Power had on March 5, 2021 warned of short closure of the project if the land issue was not resolved within a month. 

Considering the gravity of the situation, they said the State power department sought the intervention of the Mokokchung district administration, which in turn sought the coop-eration of AWUMT to mediate with the landowner for resolving the matter. 

Limanungsang and Jongpongtemjen claimed that the union had since been extending all-out co-operation to the authorities concerned on the matter, keeping in mind the people’s welfare. With the intervention of AWUMT, they said land issue was amicably settled with the landowner and the matter was approved by State Land Acquisition Authority (SLAA) on October 6, 2021, which was notified on November 3, 2021. 

As such, they pointed out that AWUMT was eagerly hoping that PGCIL would resume its work im-mediately as the land issue had been resolved. Unfortunately, they said they were dismayed to learn about the short-closure of the project. 

According to the AWUMT leaders, the intervening period between the SLAA meeting held on Oc-tober 6 and issuing office memorandum on November 1, which was after a lapse of 24 days, proved detrimental for the project, for which they expressed their displeasure. 

Had the office memorandum been issued immediately after the SLAA meeting on October 6, the Ministry of Power could possibly have reconsidered the situation and not issue short-closure of the project that was communicated on November 1, they contended.

They regretted that the office memorandum was issued on November 3, only after the Union Power Minister had communicated its decision on November 1. 

As construction of the 2x5 MVA at IMDH Medical Colony was almost complete and most equip-ment for constructing the 2x10 MVA at Mokokchung Powerhouse, Salangtem Ward had reached Mokokchung (as per PGCIL sources), and whose land issue had been resolved, the AWUMT lead-ers said they were hopeful that the State government would find a way to have the project com-pleted. The people should not be victimised by the circumstances for no fault of theirs, they point-ed out.

Appreciating chief minister Neiphiu Rio for communicating with the Union Power Ministry and re-questing resumption and continuation of NERPSIP project, they said it was their belief that he would continue to impress upon the ministry with all his power and influence to ensure that the project was brought to fruition, the benefits of which would be reaped by the people.

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