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Mon, 21 Oct 2019

Northeast Today

Chowna Mein attends the 20th North Eastern Regional Power Committee

Chowna Mein attends the 20th North Eastern Regional Power Committee
September 13
12:27 2019

NET Bureau

Deputy Chief Minister Chowna Mein attended the 20th North Eastern Regional Power Committee (NERPC) Meeting in Guwahati on Thursday. The meeting is held by NERPC with the initiatives for regional benefits, cooperative and inclusive development in the region and to bring about a quantum change in the Power Sector Scenario.
The good news for state is that NERPC in the meeting has approved the 132 KV double circuit transmission line from Roing-Chapakhowa (Assam). This line will be the second injection point from North East Region Grid to Ranganadi Hydro Electric Project (RHEP)-Daporijo-Aalo-Pasighat-Roing-Tezu-Namsai beside the committee has also approved in principle, (subject to clearance from North Eastern Regional Standing Committee on Transmission), for the 220 KV double circuit transmission line from Kathalguri-Namsai. This line will be the third injection point from NER Grid and both this lines will further improve the reliability of Grid and improve longer quantity drawal of power.
The DCM have appealed the NERPC and Powergrid to expedite the process of early construction of 132 KV double circuit transmission line from Roing-Chapakhowa (Assam) and 220 KV double circuit transmission line from Kathalguri-Namsai. Once completed, this transmission line will improve the reliability of grid system in the state. Such smaller interconnections between States would be indispensable at the times of Grid contingencies and shutdown planning.
It is pertinent to mention here that, DCM had earlier highlighted at the meeting on the reliability of Grid in the State which is a big issue because of its long radial feeder starting from RHEP (Ranganadi Hydro Electric Project) to Namsai. He told the gathering that availability of more interconnection would give more flexibility of grid management and this will also improve the State’s Available Transfer Capability.
Mein in his address to the august house informed that Arunachal Pradesh have boundless natural endowments like enormous hydro power potential reserves which can make the North East a game changer in power sector industry in the country. He mentioned that such natural gift to the region is an opportunity for all to become the highest hydro power producer not only in India but also in the international electricity market.
He stated that efforts to harness the Hydro Power Potential, State government have taken a shift from earlier Policy of hydro power development. Due to various inherent socio-political and environment circumstances many of the projects under MOUs could not come up. A decision has been arrived at to terminate the MOUs signed with those power developers who are not performing. We would like to concentrate on smaller projects and prefer Public Sector Utilities to take part. We are also sensitive to environment issues and therefore would be encouraging green and renewable energy, added Mein.
For further improvement & reliability of state grid for uninterrupted power supply, DCM proposed the interconnections of state grid with NER Grid at 132 KV Line from Silapathar (Assam) to Niglok (AP) via Jonai and 132 KV line from Basar (AP) to Silapathar (Assam) via Likabali. He said that Niglok has an Industrial Growth Centre and a Sainik School and an Indian Army Brigade Headquarter at few kilometres. The power requirement is expected to grow exponentially once the Industrial Growth Centre starts functioning in full capacity.
While deliberating on expediting the completion of the important projects in state, Mein said that all flagship programs of GOI towards providing 24X7 electricity to its citizen like DDUGVY, RADPRP, IPDS, SAUBHAGYA etc will be feasible only on achieving a high reliability of Grid System.
Mein said that Arunachal Pradesh is a late starter in development because of its history and difficult geopolitical circumstances. The pace of real development of the State started to take place only after it became a full-fledged State having its elected government. Modernising our Transmission and Distribution system for which a huge investment is required. NERPC, as regional mentor, can play a pivotal role to bring about a change in the State’s Power Sector by presenting Arunachal Pradesh in correct perspective in the Indian Power scenario, stated Mein.
“Arunachal Pradesh require to do lots in revamping its transmission and distribution sector for AT&C loss, efficiency in electricity supply and consumer services through technology by use of use of IT solutions and applications in Power and energy management System at Transmission and distribution level,” said Mein and added that state govt is looking forward for implementation of Feeder metering, ring fencing, smart meters, implementation of smart grid project, Distribution management System, Computerised metering and billing in the state.
Commissioner Power G.S.Meena along with other senior officers from State Power department attended the meeting in Guwahati. The Power Minister of Meghalaya, James Sangma chaired the NERPC meeting.
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