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Shillong: In a major achievement for the Meghalaya government, the Union ministry of power has issued an order to reallocate 53 MW out of 87 MW, which was the state’s share of power being drawn, to be reallocated to Tamil Nadu.

Briefing the media, power minister Prestone Tynsong explained that for five years this reallocation will continue. “Due to the high cost per unit, Meghalaya did not draw power from the NTPC from 2015 but continued to pay a fixed amount of Rs 120 crore annually,” said Tynsong.

The minister explained that an agreement was signed between Meghalaya government and the NTPC in 2007 over supplying 87 MW power to the state. However, due to the high cost per unit, from 2015 onwards the government of Meghalaya did not draw any power from the NTPC but had to continue paying Rs 120 crore annually.

“I’m so thankful to the Government of India ultimately for issuing the order where the 53 MW out of 87 MW will be reallocated to Tamil Nadu,” said Tynsong. 

He added that they are fighting for the balance MW which is close 30-34 MW. “We are pursuing the GOI to take out the entire amount of energy signed in 2007 from NTPC since it is not feasible. I’m sure the GOI will help us with the help of North Eastern Regional Power Committee (NERPC), where all power ministers from NE states are the members and Nagaland CM Neiphiu Rio is the chairman,” mentioned Tynsong.

The Meghalaya power minister also claimed that the agreement signed in 2007 was “the most faulty agreement ever signed” by the state government and the NTPC.

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