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Power commissioner takes stock of activities at Tawang

FROM OUR CORRESPONDENT

ITAGAR, June 22: Fince and Power Commissioner Ashish Kundra who is in Tawang to review various  projects, during a meeting with the HoDs held at DC Conference Hall on Tuesday took stock of  activities undergoing within various departments like Power, DHPD, APEDA,  Textile and Handicrafts, Medical, Education,  Horticulture, Agriculture, Veteriry and Tourism.

Detailed power point presentation was given by EE (Power), EE (E&M) and GM, NHPC to the commissioner, an official report informed here today.

When enquired about the status of energy billing within the district, EE (Power) informed that insufficient fund allotted to departments for payment of electrical rent has created huge outstanding against the departments.

Insufficient electrical metres was also said to be one of the hindrance. Further the EE (Power) highlighted on scope of improvement which included renovation of damaged/defunct 33 kv line from Sela to Jang and c/o 33kv express line from Dirang to Jang.

With regard to the various mini plants under APEDA, six of which has been commissioned as informed by PO (APEDA), the commissioner directed that a joint inspection be conducted by the department along with EE (Power) and a detail report be submitted so as to decide on its transmission.

When enquired about the reason for gap between the installed capacity and actual generation of the hydels in the district, he was apprised about the various damages including the wash out of weir & intake and channels of Kitpi Ph- I and II during the flash flood on April.

The commissioner also enquired about the Shakangchu Hydel under Mukto which is still underway. He reiterated that quality of work should not be compromised at any cost and directed the department to ensure its timely completion.

Further, he took note of the projects being undertaken by NHPC under CSR scheme. He opined that need based projects be undertaken and duplicity is avoided.

While highlighting on the major problems of the district, the DC informed that power and road communication has been the major lacue. However, he said that steps are being taken for commissioning of new projects and for restoration and repair of damages.

Further the DC said that administration has been in constant touch with BRO for restoration, double laning and black topping of entire route. He also briefed about the two challenges in the form of flash flood during April and firing incident during May that the district had to battle out and explained the steps taken to contain the same.

The meeting was also attended by Sang Phuntso, Special Secretary Power and Along Ketan Chief Engineer (E&M).

Later on the day, the commissioner had a meeting with the members of the Action Committee, the report added.

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