Shillong, October 11: The 18th North Eastern Regional Power Committee (NERPC) Meeting was held today at the State Convention Centre, Shillong under the aegis of the Meghalaya Energy Corporation Limited (MeECL).
The meeting was hosted by the Power Department, Government of Meghalaya and Meghalaya Energy Corporation Limited, and was attended by Comingone Ymbon, Meghalaya Power Minister and Chairman of NERPC, Manik Dey, Tripura Power Minister, K Sangtam, Nagaland Power Minister, T Taga, Arunachal Pradesh Power Minister, Pallab Lochan Das, Assam Minister of State for Power, MS Rao, Principal Secretary, Power Department, Government of Meghalaya and other stakeholders in the power sector.
Ymbon, in his address, said that the North East Region (NER) is endowed with abundant resources for development of power especially hydro potential but most of these remain untapped. Adding that, NER is also facing low voltage issues in several pockets. “In order to address the problems, capacitor bank installation has to be put in place” he added.
The Power Minister also informed that in Meghalaya, power is primarily met from the State owned generating company, MePGCL and the present generation capacity is 354.7 MW, with an addition of 40 MW after the recent commissioning and declaration of commercial operation on July 01, 2017, of the New Umtru Hydro Electric Project. “There are two ongoing small hydro projects, namely Ganol HEP and Lakroh HEP. Survey and investigation is also currently underway for 22 Hydro Electric Projects including 16 small hydro projects. The State Government has envisaged development of Solar Power Park in the state and has taken up development of two solar parks of 10 MW each. The transmission sector in the state is being strengthened and expanded through various schemes, including North Eastern Region Power System Improvement Project (NERPSIP)” he added.
Ymbon expressed hope that the meeting will address several issues affecting the power sector of the NER and the outcome of the meeting will significantly contribute towards efficient and reliable grid operation of the region to achieve the common objective of providing 24×7 power for all at an affordable price.