SHILLONG, Jan 20: Chief Minister, Conrad Sangma on Monday said that a number of power projects in the state has been delayed due to various reasons.
“These has been stuck due to various reasons like land acquisition, delay in the detailed project reports, delay in the transmission lines to be put up. Different challenges have been there in different projects,” Conrad said.
The Chief Minister also informed that a number of reviews has been held to ensure that these projects moved forward.
According to him the state has 16 projects on the line and expects 1600 mw of power from them which are now at different stages.
He also said that 801 mw is hydro power, 740 mw is thermal power and 96 mw is renewable energy.
Meanwhile, the Chief Minister informed that the state government has decided to decrease the load shedding hours.
“We have decided to decrease the load shedding hours to a couple of hours per day,” Conrad said.
He said that this has been possible after the state government gave a Letter of Credit to the NTPC worth Rs 13 crore.
It may be mentioned that in earlier years there was a system of “power banking”, wherein the state government will give power to certain agencies and in time of need it can take back power from such agencies.
However last year, the government of India changed those particular guidelines and made it mandatory to make the payments in cash and no power banking takes place.
The notification to this effect from the centre came out late last year whereas the state government has already given power to certain organisations like the NTPC in the month of June-July last year when the rain was there.
Conrad also said that various entities, including domestic power consumers owes the Meghalaya Energy Corporation Limited (MeECL) Rs181 crore.
The Chief Minister said that industries owes the MeECL Rs 52 crore, the domestic consumers Rs 40.1 crore and the commercial low tension consumers owes the corporation Rs 21 crores.