DC asks power providers to restore normal supply

TAWANG, Sept 15: Tawang deputy commissioner Sang Phuntsok on Wednesday called upon the officials of the electrical and hydro power departments to leave no stones unturned to restore normal power supply in the district.

The DC made the appeal while addressing a coordination meeting at his office here.

The meeting was convened to discuss matters related to the recent and sudden shutdown of the Shaikang Chhu micro hydro electric power plant (MHEP) which in turn has disrupted power supply in the district.

“We need to take this matter seriously and find out an early solution to normalize the power supply situation in the district. If the Covid-19 situation becomes normal, there will be an inflow of tourists in the district and this would increase the demand for power consumption,” Phuntsok said.

The DC further pointed out that water discharge during the winter would also decrease, hence leading to less power generation from the power plants.

He asked the department concerned to tap every unit of power and carry out repair and maintenance of all the hydels/ diesel generator (DG) sets so that the district does not face shortage of power.

He further asked the officers concerned to present the estimates for the repairing and maintenance works so that they can be forwarded to the government.

Lungla ADC Tashi Dhondup suggested that the defunct mini hydel at Thongleng village which was constructed some ten years back by the Science and Technology department could be brought into utilization.

“The hydel, if repaired, can cater to the power needs of a few villages in the Lungla area,” he said.

The executive engineer of the electrical department informed the house that the transmission line at the power distribution centre needs up-gradation.

“The transmission lines were installed in the 70s and 80s. Also the district immediately needs vacuum circuit breakers (VCBs) which would enable segregation of the faulty feeder,” he said. (DIPRO)

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