FROM OUR CORRESPONDENT
Itagar, Aug 5: Chairing a high level meeting in presence of DC in-charge Rahul Singh at Pasighat in East Siang district on Thursday, Aruchal Pradesh Power commissioner Ashish Kundra reviewed the working of the power department, particularly the measures being undertaken to ensure regular supply of electricity.
Kundra, while expressing grave concern over the erratic power supply to the centurion town and its adjoining areas, informed that chief minister Pema Khandu has taken the issue seriously and has directed the concerned department to complete 132kv Aalo-Pasighat tower line at the end of December, this year putting all efforts, an official report informed here today. He on the occasion also gave specific instructions to the concerned chief engineers and their associates to take suitable and appropriate steps to provide maximum power to the people stating that in these months of scorching heat and rise in temperature, the people need regular supply of electricity.
Taking stock of the progress of 132kv tower line, Kundra informed that the project is at the verge of completion and only seven towers are to be erected out of 190. “Out of 77 kms the department has competed 61 kms till date. All hydels would be renovated and fully functiol soon. 3MW Assam (Joi) supply supposed to be expired in October would be renewed and upgraded to 5MW if Joi sub-station’s capacity permits,” he asserted further assuring to obtain sanction from the union ministry for setting up a “Solar Power Plant” proposed by the Pasighat MLA soon.
The commissioner while admitting that time to time shutdown was necessary to carry out unpredicted maintence works suggested doing it in between 6 am and 11 am so that people do not suffer due to long duration of power cuts.
Earlier, local MLA Kaling Moyong stated that coordition amongst administration, engineers and PPWC was essential. “We need to review the power supply as well as the working of infrastructure at all levels and in case of any failure, immediate steps be taken to provide respite to the esteemed consumers,” said Moyong. Conveying his gratitude to chief minister Kandu, Moyong said that government has been very liberally providing funds for 132 kv Aalo-Pasighat tower line and more focus is on setting up of power generation projects and hence, the power department should complete the sanctioned projects on time. Transmission, monitoring and planning chief engineer A Perme and Power Central Zone CE T Mara along with the SEs updated the commissioner on the progress reports and hurdles being faced by them, the report added.