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Recently, the state government faced a lot of criticism for 6-hour load shedding in Meghalaya
Recently, the state government faced a lot of criticism for 6-hour load shedding in Meghalaya|Representational image
MEGHALAYA

Meghalaya: Load shedding reduced to 2 hrs, MeECL to decide timings

State govt is working out & taking steps to ensure that the overall power scenario improves in the state, announces CM Conrad K Sangma in review meeting

Princess Giri Rashir

Princess Giri Rashir

Shillong: There’s some good news for the people of Meghalaya as chief minister Conrad K Sangma announced that the loadshedding will be minimised to two hours.

While addressing the media on Monday evening, Sangma announced that a review meeting for the power scenario in Meghalaya was held, and they were able to come out with certain solutions on how to move forward.

"I am happy to inform you that we have been able to come out and finalise the discussions with different agencies. We will now be able to minimise the load shedding from tonight itself and we will be restricting the load shedding to only 2 hours in the night. The exact timings will be decided by MeECL [Meghalaya Energy Corporation Limited]; so I will not be able to tell you that, but as I said load shedding has now been reduced to bare minimum of two hours," said Sangma.

Sangma said that the government is working out and taking steps to ensure that the overall power scenario improves in the state.

"We have started the process of getting smart meters done, it will allow us to monitor the different consumption and patterns that are taking place and that will allow us to reduce the losses. We are planning to expand in a manner that we can cover all the approximately 4,50,000 consumers in the state as a whole. This is one major step that we are taking," said Sangma.

The CM added that apart from the smart meters, steps to ensure that renewable energy is being used at different government offices is looked at. "We have cleared a project for about 121 different government offices which will have facility of solar energy along with that the provision for net metering which will allow the power to go back in the grid," said Sangma.

The chief minister's bungalow will be the first building to be on ‘net metering’ system and solar energy, according to the CM.

The CM also urged the public to go for such kind of systems where one will be able to save power.

Sangma confirmed that the power issue happened because of two reasons -- damage to two power plants (Kopili and Palatana Dam), which is infrastructural, and a change in the government’s policy in terms of power banking. That is now being worked out, he added.