State power sector earns Rs 128 crore in last fiscal | Better coordination key to achieve quality powe: Raja

ITANAGAR, Jun 29: Advisor to minister (Power & Hydropower) Balo Raja on Wednesday emphasised on the need for better coordination among the power constituents for achieving the ultimate goal of ensuring reliable and quality power to the people of the state besides, earning revenue through trading to the outside consumers.

Raja was addressing the first ever state-level operational coordination meeting (SOCM) of the power sector at D K Convention Hall here.

While referring to the unresolved issue of under-drawal of power from the state’s own hydels as experienced in the past, informed that he convened a coordination meeting with both the departments on April 29 last and as decided, the SE (SO&PSC) was directed to take technical coordination meeting with all concerned for resolving the issue of under-drawal vis-a-vis injection of power to the grid system.

Accordingly, the SE (SO&PSC), who is the head of SLDC, took a meeting subsequently and which was further taken forward by the commissioner (Hydropower) at Tawang wherein all the constituents including the SE (Transmission) were attended and finally resolved the issue with injection of 5000 KW of locally generated power from various mini/small hydels of Tawang district into the state grid from June 12 to 15 last through local grid system, he said.

“Similar action was on to inject power from Kamba hydel in West Siang district, whose trial run was also being done,” he said.

Raja further informed that the SLDC is enforcing the regulations being formulated by the CEA, CERC and the SERC and cautioned that any indiscipline to the regulations passed on by the SLDC would directly affect the system and may even lead to collapse of the national grid apart from affecting the state exchequer heavily in the form of penalties.

He further informed that with the close coordination of the commercial wing of the department and the SLDC alone, the state could earn Rs 128 crore during the last financial year through sale of surplus power to outside the state, and he exuded confidence that the state could earn more revenue with the close coordination of all its constituents right from generation, transmission, distribution, commercial and the SLDC in the coming days.

In his brief address, Director of Devi Energies Pvt Ltd D K Thongdok requested for strengthening of existing Khuppi-Balipara transmission line so that with the commissioning of Dukhumpani 16 MVA substation, power from the hydel could be evacuated and transmitted to Tawang, West & East Kameng districts.

SE (Transmission) T K Tara through his power point presentation elaborated about the transmission system of the state and the upcoming comprehensive schemes.

PGCIL executive director, APHPDCL chief managing director, CE (CEZ), CE (Commercial-cum-CEI), CE (HPD-D&P), Director (APEDA) and SE (SO&PSC) also spoke on the occasion.

Later in the technical session, all the engineers of the power sector in the state participated and discussed to resolve any technical, operational and coordination issues.

The inaugural session was attended by host of engineers of Power, Hydropower, APEDA and AP Hydropower Development Corporation Ltd besides officials from private power developers.

SOCM is in line with that of the monthly regional operational boordination meeting being taken by the North Eastern Regional Power Committee (NERPC) for resolving all operational related issues among the power constituents (Generator, Transmission Utility, Distributor, Trader and SLDC).

It is proposed to hold such SOCM in the state initially on quarterly basis, and if needed more often as the case may be, a press release informed here.

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