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Tovihoto brings up financial burden issue at NERPC meet

DIMAPUR, SEPTEMBER 13 (MExN): Nagaland State Advisor for Power, Tovihoto Ayemi raised several issues faced by the State regarding the electricity sector during the North Eastern Regional Power Committee (NERPC) meeting in Guwahati on September 12.

One of the issues raised by the Advisor was to do with the Deviation Settlement Mechanism (DSM) wherein the 4th Amendment regime was made effective from January 2019 resulting in huge financial burden in the form of DSM payables affecting the financial health of small States like Nagaland. 

Ayemi acknowledged that after raising the matter earlier, the Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (CERC) had realised the state’s problems and “to some extent the matter has now been partially relaxed through the latest 5th amendment.” 

He however pointed out that this is not sufficient as the 5th amendment was made effective only from June 3, 2019 and thus the financial burden from January 2019 to June 2019 still remains unresolved. 

Another issue raised by the Advisor was the need to set up a reliable and robust communication and telemetry system in the North East Region. This will facilitate optimum scheduling and dispatch of electricity within the state, monitor grid operations, keep accounts of the quantity of electricity transmitted through the State Grid, exercise supervision and control over intra-state transmission system and carry out real time operations of grid in accordance with grid standards and the State Grid Code. 

Ayemi asked the NERPC to raise these matters immediately with the Ministry of Power, Government of India and the Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (CERC). 

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