Load shedding to end within next 24 hours: CM

Shillong, Feb 16: Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad Sangma today informed that load shedding in the state will be removed within the next 24 hours. 

A 7-hour daily load shedding was announced on Sunday due to MeECL’s pending bills to PGCIL. 

Load shedding had occurred because the Power Grid Corporation of India had issued a regulation notice of 70MW (megawatt) for non-payment of Rs 74.65 crore transmission charges. 

“Recently the regulation put in on the power sector of the state has been done by the PGCIL, where certain amount, which was again part of Atma Nirbhar Program of Rs 1345 crores has not been released by the REC. This is not done by generation company but by transmission company,” Sangma stated. 

He added that discussions had taken place with PGCIL, and the load shedding will be removed completely in the next 24 hours. 

MeECL CMD, Arun Kumar Kembhavi, via Facebook, informed that the regulation notice from PGCIL was withdrawn after obtaining “a firm repayment commitment” from the power corporation.  

He added that although the regulation notice was withdrawn with ‘immediate effect’, several regulatory formalities need to be completed and therefore load shedding might still continue till 12 am of February 17th.  

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