Shillong: The Meghalaya government on Tuesday once again resorted to six-hour-long load-shedding due to problems over the Letter of Credit for the National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC).

Following a notification issued late Monday evening concerning the load-shedding, Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma and Minister for Power James K Sangma conducted a meeting. 

Addressing the media, James Sangma said, “As power minister, I will be meeting with Union Power Minister to discuss this issue, the difficulties and challenges that we as a state are facing. We will try to ensure the NTPC withdraws this regulation at the earliest.”

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Sangma added that it was unfortunate on the part of NTPC to act in this manner. “Even though the government have availed the Aatmanirbhar loan and we are looking at clearing all outstanding dues which are payable to them. We understand the sensitive nature of this time wherein load-shedding has to be announced,” said Sangma.

James Sangma also informed that looking at the urgency of the situation where students were appearing for examinations, he will visit New Delhi tomorrow to meet the Union Minister of Power.

On February 16, 2021, the government had announced that there would no longer be any load-shedding going further. Earlier, the MeECL had outstanding dues to be paid to Power Grid Corporation (PGCIL).

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