Shillong: Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma on Thursday said there is a possibility of load-shedding in the state.

Sangma said this following a meeting with the power department concerning the dues owed by Meghalaya Energy Corporation Limited (MeECL) to several power generation companies.

“We have realised that if we were to rationalise the power usage, then throughout the year, maybe we can do a much more balancing act rather than having 8-9 hours of load-shedding.” CM Sangma said that it was better to have a standard one or two hours of load-shedding.

The chief minister informed they had not taken any decisions as yet and are exploring all the possibilities.

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“We need to go for strict measures to streamline the functioning of MeECL, there are so many factors and so many dues, so stern measures will be taken. I can’t say much because the roadmap is being prepared. We are exploring what are the possibilities to stabilise MeECL,” said Sangma.

Meanwhile, the government is working towards getting the second tranche of the Aatmanirbhar loan, which would be around Rs 600 crores. Sangma said that it requires a few more decisions, and these decisions were made in the meeting held today. The government will be moving to the Government of India for the second tranche.

He was hopeful it would be done in the next few days or weeks.

Sangma said that the MeECL has met with several challenges but have faced them all. Sangma emphasised that MeECL has been paying the dues.

“Rs 1,300 crores paid in a matter of two months. It is unreasonable how the generation companies have not given space to clear the dues,” said Sangma.

To clear the pending dues to the power generation companies, the state government has taken an Aatmanirbhar loan of Rs 1,345 crore. So far only the first tranche has been released.

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