Meghalaya to be affected by load shedding on April 7

Shillong, Apr 6: Power supply in Meghalaya will be regulated on April 7 starting from midnight, authorities informed.

According to authorities, this is being done due to maintenance shutdown of one unit of OTPC Agartala, low generation of all NEEPCO hydro plants and low water level in MePGCL power stations.

“Meghalaya will be facing an acute power shortage of around 2.1 MU (million units) for 7th of April 2021. With great difficulty, today in the late evening, we have managed to arrange around 0.8MU from outside the state,” the MeECL stated.

The MeECL also informed that because of the ongoing Assembly elections across India and peak summer in Northern and Southern India, energy rates in exchange markets have touched Rs. 6 per unit thus making it unviable for us to purchase electricity on a real time basis.

“Therefore, with no other option left, MePDCL is compelled to enforce load shedding across Meghalaya on rotation basis. Timing may vary slightly to ensure grid stability. All attempts will be made to cause least inconvenience to the general public,” the statement added.

Meanwhile, the MeECL said that this load shedding has got nothing to do with the regulation notice issued from Power Grid but only because of water availability.

As per the schedule of the Meghalaya Energy Corporation Limited (MeECL), the whole of Garo Hills and Shillong region will be plunged under darkness from 12 midnight till 6 am on April 7.

Lumshong Industries in East Jaintia Hills will experience load shedding from 6 am to 5 pm.

In Jaintia Hills region, loading shedding will be from 6 am to 9 am, while Byrnihat industries will experience load shedding from 3 pm on April 7 to midnight.

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