Shillong, Mar 4: Chief Minister Conrad Sangma has said that the NTPC regulated power to the State even though Meghalaya currently is not buying power from this generation company even said that the move was unexpected.
“It makes sense that if you supply power to the state and you come up and say we will not supply power tomorrow than we understand what you were suppose to give us,” Sangma said.
The Chief Minister said that in this case what the NTPC did was regulated through certain clauses and the ministry from other generation companies.
“This is something which has never happened before. We were completely surprised. If the companies that supply to us stop we can understand. We have been clearing the debts to NTPC and NEEPCO also. Rs. 100 crores were released to NTPC. The process of clearing their dues is on,” Sangma added.
Sangma also wants an agreement signed between the State and the NTPC, Bongaigaon in 2007 be reviewed. According to him this agreement has put a lot of burden on the MeECL.
“Based on that agreement most of the northeast need to compulsorily take (power) and case they do not they have to pay a minimum fixed charge to NTPC so that means if you don’t take a single unit also that agreement which was signed requires us to pay a minimum charge to NTPC,” the Chief Minister said.