SHILLONG: Meghalaya Power Minister James P. K Sangma, on Wednesday, took to his official Twitter handle to announce that the National Thermal Power Corporation Limited (NTPC) had withdrawn the load shedding regulation in Meghalaya.
Further, thanking the Minister of State (IC) Power and New & Renewable Energy, R. K. Singh, Meghalaya chief minister Conrad Sangma wrote, "Happy to inform that @ntpclimited has withdrawn the load shedding regulation. Thank Hon'ble Union Minister of State, Sh. @RajKSinghIndia ji for his intervention and State Power Minister, Sh. @JamesSangma1 for diligently pursuing the matter."
Earlier the Meghalaya government a meeting chaired by Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma with State Power Minister James K Sangma discussed the sudden load shedding that MeECL (Meghalaya Energy Corporation Limited) had to impose.
The Power Minister during the meeting informed that this has been necessitated because of certain issues regarding the Letter of Credit for the National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) due to which MeECL had to go for the load shedding.
"The meeting discussed the issue and the way forward at length. I will be meeting the Minister, Government of India to discuss the difficulties and challenges that the State is facing presently in the Power sector and to make sure that this regulation by the NTPC can be withdrawn at the earliest," said Sangma.
The State has around 1,600 megawatts of power potential that has gone untapped in spite of the numerous talks of successive governments to utilize the resources for the overall economic development of the State.
While the State is reeling under power shortage due to non-payment of dues, the Chief Minister also informed that an amount of around Rs 180 crore has not been cleared by industrial and commercial consumers besides the domestic ones.
He also spoke about the use of net meters and the use of renewable energy starting from his bungalow shortly before introducing the same in all government offices "This will save our energy because the unused energy will return to the grid", Sangma stated.
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