NPP-led govt aims to make Meghalaya zero power cut state: James Sangma
Shillong: Meghalaya power minister James Sangma on Thursday informed that the NPP-led government aims to turn Meghalaya into a state with zero power cuts.
Briefing the media and responding to Congress' allegations, Sangma said that the NPP-led government is committed to accountability and transparency.
“It is time to set the records straight and to put a stop any baseless allegations, arising from any form of petty politicking, since we are here to serve and answer to the people by bringing to their attention the matters that impact their life, concerning power department,” said Sangma.
According to Sangma, since the NPP-led government came into power, the state has witnessed fewer power cuts and the government aspires to bring it to zero power cuts.
Sangma also expressed the need for smart meters in the state. He said, “While the old meters only worked in a prepaid configuration with no communication module, the new meters work in both prepaid and postpaid configurations. Further, they have a carrier interoperable communication module, which works in a hybrid mode. Therefore, not only are the number of meters 2.4 times the original scope of work, they are also working on the latest technology, compliant with ISI standards. For the first time, we will have high quality power meters for the state.”
He further clarified on allegations like non approval of funding agency for phase 1 and 2 of Deendayal Upadhyaya Gramin Jyoti Yojana (DDUGJY), project cost of the Ganol Hydroelectric Power Project, Saubhagya Scheme, one time settlement for industries will result in loss of 700 crores for power department.
Sangma listed out the achievements and future plans of action of the government and the power department.
"After the NPP-led government came into power, 90 megawatts worth of solar power has been sanctioned and initiated for the state. Focusing on more power generation, we will be adding 100 megawatts of solar generation in the next six months for which the tendering process is presently going on. Meghalaya has received the highest sanction for this from the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE)," he said.