By our Staff Reporter
GUWAHATI, Dec 6: With quality power supply and control and monitoring of grid network in mind, Assam Electricity Grid Corporation Ltd (AEGCL) has stepped into state-of-the-art optic fibre sector with the opening of Communication and Network Magement Centre (CNMC) at Kahilipara, Guwahati on Wednesday.
Iugurating the Centre amidst the presence of AEGCL MD Satyendra th Kalita, Minister of State for Power Pallab Lochan Das said: “AEGCL has made strides in installation of optical fibre having achieved installation of 1300 km. We’re going to install 600 km optical fibre soon. Quality power supply will be a reality through this sector.” On other virtues of fibre optics, the Power Minister said: “State Load Dispatch Centre (SLDC) keeps monitoring power generation. Through this optical centre we can keep track on power generation – where power comes from and where it goes to. Even we may opt for brandwidth business. We’re weighing all options – to enter the business on our own or to give it on lease. If leasing this business out pays us more profit, we may go for the second option. If we’re to enter this business we need to get the license and Rs 50 crore from the government, to start with. This is a new concept that can fetch more revenue to AEGCL from power sector.”
Das further said: “Power sector is the focal point of all. All eyes are set on it. Chief Minister Sarbanda Sonowal wants to make Assam a sports hub of the tion. Tourism Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, on the other, wants to make it a tourism hub. There is thrust to make Assam an industrial hub as well. All these dreams can be translated into reality only if there is adequate power. People expect much from power department which is why we’re blamed for every minor mistakes on our part.”