NERPC urges discoms to clear outstanding dues

NERPC urges discoms to clear outstanding dues
AK Thakur
Correspondent KOHIMA, FEB 4 (NPN) | Publish Date: 2/4/2021 11:35:53 AM IST

North Easter Regional Power Committee (NERPC) member secretary AK Thakur has urged power distribution companies (Discoms) of the North East to liquidate their outstanding dues to the concerned power generating agencies so that both parties can grow together.

Delivering the keynote address at the 21st Technical Coordination Committee (TCC) and NERPC meeting at Hotel Vivor here on Thursday, Thakur stressed that unless financial transactions happened and dues were cleared, it would be difficult to survive as utilities. 

Pointing out that Power System Development Fund (PSDF) was a hundred per cent grant given by Government of India, he urged the North-eastern States to avail it at the earliest by expediting PSDF projects before the funds got depleted. 

With sincere efforts and coordination by NERPC with various stakeholders, the member secretary said Kameng Hydro Electric Power (HEP) project of NEEPCO Unit I was successfully commissioned on June 17, 2020, Kameng Unit-II on July 1, 2020 and Kameng Unit-Ill on January 22, 2021, which added 600 MW to North Eastern Region (NER) Grid, while unit IV was likely to be commissioned shortly.

Claiming that commissioning of various transmission elements into NER Grid had enhanced transmission networks in all the North-eastern States, he however stressed that in order to reach the common man, distribution network had to be in place. 

He said as all wings of power sector were under the ambit of NERPC, Discoms should send their officials to various sub-committee meetings of NERPC so that distribution-related issues could be discussed and resolved and various ongoing schemes like North Eastern Region Power System Improvement Project (NERPSIP), comprehensive schemes, Saubhaghay, etc, were completed without any further delay for the benefit of people of the region.

Observing that the region was lacking in communication and telemetry in comparison to rest of India, Thakur said NERPC had however taken a lead and by July this year, when all NERFO and upgrade projects were completed, the issue would also be resolved. 

He said as Automatic Demand Management Scheme (ADMS) has been implemented in the Northeast, overall power supply scenario, including scheduling and dispatch, could now be monitored in respect with real time availability of power to avoid grid failures. 



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