Minister Biswajit pushes for power sufficiency in state

STAFF REPORTER
IMPHAL, 19th Jul: Power minister Thongam Biswajit on Sunday met with Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Power Raj Kumar Singh and urged him to take up requisite action for improving the power system of the state.
Biswajit met the union minister at the latter’s Delhi official residence around 11.30 am Sunday. The meeting was also attended by state’s agriculture minister V Hangkhanlian, education minister Dr Th Radheshyam and Social Welfare minister Nemcha Kipgen.
During the meeting, Biswajit urged the Union Minister to sanction funds for purchasing 2 lakh Prepaid meters, while adding that funds for one lakh prepaid meters had already been sanctioned. As such, he urged for sanctioning the funds for the remaining prepaid meters so as to resolve the shortage of the meters in the hill and the valley.
In response, the Union Minister assured of sanctioning the necessary funds at the earliest.
The state power minister also informed the Union Minister of the project for electrifying all district headquarters by installation of solar street lightings and high mast lightings, to which the union minister assured of sanctioning the funds for the same.
Biswajit then apprised the Union Minister about the ongoing Solar Power Projects being taken up in the state in strict adherence to Renewable Energy Purchase Obligation (RPO), including installations of 100 MW and 50 MW capacity Solar Power Plant, which was appreciated by the latter. He further informed about the 28 Hydro Power Projects ranging from 5 MW to 45 MW capacity, being taken up in the state and is estimated to produce around 300 MW.
Emphasising the need for System Improvement considering the present scenario, he informed RK Singh that a Rs 140 crore project proposal had been submitted to the Power Ministry in this regard. As per instruction from the Ministry, details of the project had been uploaded on the National Portal, he recalled. He then expressed hope that the project would be taken up as top priority at the level of the ministry and the necessary funds would be sanctioned as soon as possible.
Biswajit also talked about the Nungleiband Hydro Power Project NEEPCO, while stressing that if the aforementioned projects were to be taken up, Manipur could become a self-sustaining state, apart from increasing the revenue of the state with sale of excess electricity and further improving the power system of the state. In response, the Union minister assured that the state’s share in the project would be paid through the soft loan acquired from REC and added that potential investors for the projects would be scouted by the Ministry.
Observing that it is now easier to communicate with Union Ministers via video conferences owing to the pandemic, Biswajit said that it does not apply to every situation. Nonetheless, he decided to take the risk to meet the Union Ministers in the interest of the people of the state. The presence of the state ministers in the meeting are proof that the state’s ministers are united and working for the welfare of the people.
“It would be wrong to view everything through the lens of narrow politics just because the state ministers have gone to Delhi”, he remarked.


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