APEDA decides to widen activities 

ITANAGAR | Jun 29 | Chief Minister Pema Khandu today chaired the general body meeting of APEDA as its chairman after a gap of almost 12 years. The last meeting was held in 2003 under the then CM GegongApang.

Power Minister Tamiyo Taga, APEDA chairman Jarkar Gamlin, chief secretary (i/c) Satya Gopal, power commissioner Ashish Kundra, NERIST registrar Dr R P Bhattacharjee, APEDA director Marki Loya and others, attended the meeting, which discussed its activities ranging from tapping renewable energy sources – biomass, solar and wind to hydro power for efficient management of energy conservation measures.

While appreciating Gamlin for initiating to conduct the meeting, Khandu said regular GB meetings should be made mandatory to take forward its goals for which APEDA was instituted in 1996.

He called for a concrete vision and roadmap for APEDA so that the agency sets goals for itself and lives up to its role in channelizing non-conventional energy for public consumption.

Khandu said that APEDA has a big role to play in implementation of the UJALA – UnnatJyoti by Affordable LEDs for All– scheme in the state, which is all set to be launched soon. He lauded APEDA steps for successful implementation of scheme that aims to save energy consumption through distribution of LED bulbs, tube-lights and fans to consumers at subsidized rates.

Expressing concern over the failure percentage of small and mini hydro projects implemented by APEDA, the Chief Minister stressed for a comprehensive policy to run the projects successfully after commissioning.

It was informed that only 30 odd such hydro projects are in function today from the 100 odd projects implemented. The main causes for defunct projects were cited as lack of skilled manpower to run these projects, high maintenance cost, lack of revenue generation and scarcity of spare parts.

The GB opined that feasibility study may be conducted sincerely and only projects that can be sustainably operated be taken up.

Khandu also advised to focus on tapping wind and solar energy wherever feasible.

Taga was of the view that only micro hydro projects of 1 MW or above may be taken up. He also suggested that all off-grid villages may be targeted by APEDA for electrification through renewable sources.

Gamlin sought help of the GoAP in strengthening the agency with manpower and infrastructure including in the districts.

The CM also advised APEDA officials to follow up with departments concerned and convene another GB meeting soon for final decisions.  (PRO)

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