Editorial

Low voltage

By Nagaland Post | Publish Date: 5/7/2019 12:14:45 PM IST

 Roads and power are two important aspects which play crucial roles in the lives of the common people everyday. Roads in Nagaland are still in deplorable conditions and the worst off are those that hardly exist in far flung districts. However, more than roads is the perennial source of dismay- electric power which is again sending alarming reminders that erratic supply and long cuts are on the way with onset of summer. This invariably means that summer and power cuts are going to be the most dreaded of combinations. Those living in the plains particularly Dimapur, face an unrelenting heat and humidity and have to bear the added brunt of regular load shedding. Despite over a decade of “streamlining” or corporatisation of the department of power (DoP), the situation has only marginally improved. A very significant element that has led to power shortage is what was termed as ‘avoidable losses’ supposedly in transmission. DoP has been laying blame on unbridgeable gap between purchase price and sale price of power. In the past several years, it was almost a regular feature of the department to announce loss amounting to around of over Rs.100 crore annually which was blamed on supposed theft and pilferage. The accumulated total loss from all these has been pegged at around 55% to 60% which is equivalent to 30MW to 40MW out of the total power that the state receives. Blaming the same factors every year can no longer hold water but rather becomes an alibi. If there is shortage then there has to be a reason such as rise in demand during the peak summer months. However, this also is not acceptable since summer is a regular annual season and for which the DoP is not ignorant about it. When the power loss in Nagaland is almost 50% and double the national average, it only calls for serious probe on why this abnormal figure continues to plague power supply and most interestingly, accepted as that for so many years. Inefficiency cannot be allowed to get away under the guise of ‘transmission loss’, when consumers are handed contestable bills owing to improper metering or inefficiency. If the real culprits responsible for power losses are not identified, then even additional power generation in future with thermal power will end up in a similar manner. In counties like South Korea, the loss is 7 % and in China, it is 9 %.Most states in India are making serious efforts to tackle the problem which has proved to be the bottleneck for efficient distribution to a power hungry nation. Given the fact that there are no industries, what it means is that even domestic consumption cannot be met. The north east generates adequate power which can feed the entire region and during monsoon, the quantity should be more than enough to spare. The ground reality indicates that there are factors responsible for poor and inefficient power supply. The Association of Power Engineers Nagaland (APEN) has been raising the issue in public domain in order to make consumer aware about the situation that the department is in. APEN had also warmed of a likely and impending collapse of the power system in Nagaland. Unless the power situation improves there cannot be any economic progress in the state.

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