From our correspondent
Itagar, June 4: Following the launching of the Deen Dayal Upadhayay Gram Jyoti Yoja (DDUGJY) and the Integrated Power Development (IPDS) Scheme, members of the newly-formed East Kameng district electricity committee (DEC) met for its first meeting at Kameng Hall at Seppa on Wednesday. Both programmes of the union power ministry are aimed at providing electricity 24x7 and bringing efficiency in power distribution - the difference being in their areas of coverage. While the DDUGJY is for rural areas, the IPDS is for urban areas.
"The proposed schemes are in the initial stage and the DEC has to prepare proposals and detailed plans in this regard," power department SE Tasso Hinda informed the committee. He said his department is also undertaking a feasibility survey for setting up four sub-stations in Seppa.
Hinda along with power EE Made lo meanwhile advocated making innovative plans to ensure efficient power consumption. The duo suggested distributing CFL bulbs to every household "by adjusting through the MLALAD funds" in order to introduce sustaible use of electricity. Tax & excise parliamentary secretary Tapuk Taku enquired about the power scerio in Seppa, and about the high-mast lights which were erected in the town under his initiative. Urging the department to address the power crisis in Pachi and Mebua areas, he said he would provide all support with regard to supplying CFL bulbs. The PS also urged the administration to survey "vulnerable areas along HT and LT power lines and issue orders, where necessary, to clear out trees or bamboos that might break power supply and lead to dangerous situations".
ZP chairperson Meyuk Cheda sought proper electricity connectivity to schools and health centres in Pachi area, and deputy commissioner Sandeep Kr Singh asked the nodal department to work out a comprehensive plan to ensure that no household is without power supply. The DC asked the department to include providing LT distribution lines in and around Chayang Tajo circle in its next proposal. He further asked the department to make sure that the maintence work is carried out periodically. Responding to the PS' query, Singh explained that, besides Pacha hydel station, the district gets electricity from Khuppi. "If there is a shortfall from Khuppi, Pacha alone will not be able to provide electricity. During such situation, the high-mast lights are switched off," he said. He further informed that a power transmission line has reached Bameng circle and electricity is supplied there when the conditions permit. "Pachi and Mebua are en-route to Bameng, and if any house there is left out the department could provide electricity from the Bameng line," he said.