Govt trying to find solution to problems plaguing MeECL

Shillong, Nov 30: Meghalaya Power Minister, James K. Sangma on Monday said that the department is trying to find solutions to the various problems plaguing the Meghalaya Energy Corporation Limited (MeECL).

“The crisis in the MeECL was not born yesterday. The crisis has been accumulating over the past so many years. This is something you cannot really expect a quick fix solution to,” Sangma told reporters.

He also said that one cannot expect a solution can come and resolve the challenges and the issues presently plaguing the MeECL.

The Power Minister informed that the department is working tirelessly towards finding solutions.

Sangma informed that the MeECL has a lot of problems in terms of high AT & C (Aggregate Technical & Commercial) losses.

He said that if these losses were to be brought down then one would see that the revenue would phenomenally jump.

Sangma said that the Power department through various interventions that they are putting in right now, in terms of improving the distribution network, by installing new sub stations, transformers.

“So all these will help in reduction of AT & C loses which will, in other ways improve the efficiency, and also improve revenue generation of the MeECL and thereby things like problems which have been there in terms of payment of salaries, all these things we expect and hope that these problems will be resolved,” he added.

He, however, reiterated that the problems cannot be solved immediately even as he pointed out that salaries is a big concern.

“We are very concerned about making sure that we do manage to pay the salaries. MeECL I am very sure they are working, but the problems are there,” Sangma added.

On the allegations made by the leader of opposition, Dr. Mukul Sangma that MeECL is being used as a milch cow by authorities, the Power Minister said that the former is trying to politicise issues and make them up just for the sake of having issues.

“You do make positive criticism or constructive criticism we appreciate, but these kinds of baseless accusations, allegations are a big waste of time for everybody,” Sangma added.

He also said that there are many positive interventions of the MeECL over the past few months but these are not being appreciated by the opposition.

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