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SHILLONG | Jan 14:

The decision of the Meghalaya government to order for 6-hour load shedding in the state has invited criticisms from several quarters.

Justifying this move, the state government has blamed the non functional units of Palatana Power project in Tripura and Kopili power project as the reason ordering for load shedding.

“The situation is something which is beyond our government’s control,” chief minister, Conrad K Sangma told media persons on Monday. The matter was also raised and discussed in the state cabinet on Monday evening.

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The chief minister said that some units of both the power projects are not functioning and hence about 50  mw of power supply to Meghalaya has been restricted.

Earlier, power banking used to take place under which Meghalaya Government was supplying power to some agencies and it used to take it back during peak seasons but however, Government of India has changed its guidelines.

The notification about stopping the idea of power banking was issued few months back whereas Meghalaya Government had given its power to different agencies in June-July and to retrieve the power back to Meghalaya, the State Government is working on the letter of credit.

The Chief Minister, however, said that discussions are on to reduce the load shedding and some major relief is expected to be given to people in the next 7-10 days time.

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Furthermore, the State Government has also asked the Meghalaya Energy Corporation Limited (MeECL) to reduce to duration of load shedding since the duration is too long.

Sangma said that the Aggregate Technical & Commercial losses of the MeECL touches nearly 30 percent and the Government is thinking of introducing technologies like smart metering to reduce such losees

Informing that around 1.8  lakh smart metres will be installed in Shillong and sub urban areas, he added that the there are around 4.57  lakh MeECL consumers in the state, adding this project is being funded by Asian Development Bank.

According to Sangma, the in the year  2012-13, MeECL had to pay a due of Rs 243 crores to NEEPCO which shot upto 500  crores in 2016-17.

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