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Khandu seeks APSERC support to cut AT&C losses

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Itagar, April 2: Aruchal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu on Monday sought support and guidance from the Aruchal Pradesh State Electricity Regulatory Commission (APSERC) to cut down huge Aggregate Technical & Commercial (AT&C) loss and for efficient power distribution in the state.
Iugurating the new office premises of the Commission here in presence of Power Minister Tamiyo Taga, the Chief Minister said that in coming days Aruchal would see huge investment in works for setting up of transmission lines across the state.
Khandu also sought support of the Commission in capitalising on state’s huge hydropower potential.
“The state is looking forward to working with public sector companies, such as NEEPCO and NHPC Ltd,” he added.
The Chief Minister suggested that wherever possible, the state government should take up hydropower projects on feasibility basis.
He advocated for building of run-of-the-river projects so that no harms occurs on ecology and human settlements. Khandu said the state is consistently in touch with the Centre on how to take ahead the power sector.
Speaking on the occasion, Taga emphasized on modernizing the power transmission system to cut down losses and sought expert opinions from the Commission to run the power department in a profitable way.
The Minister also said that the state needs at least one big power project in the state to meet power shortage and urged on taking steps practically to start the work.
APSERC Chairperson Raghuth Prasad Singh and Power Commissioner Kaling Tayeng were also present on the occasion. 

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