NERPC brainstorms on power infrastructure in North East

DIMAPUR, JULY 11 (MExN): A two-day meeting of the North East Regional Power Committee (NERPC) held at Faridabad from July 9-10 brainstormed on the power infrastructural development and discussed about improving the power supply system in the region.

Speaking from Delhi, state power minister, Doshehe Y. Sema, who is also the chairman NERPC said the 13th meeting of the committee discussed about power policies and technical aspects to tap electric energy that is endowed in the NE region which is described as ‘power house of India.’ He said the meeting focused on ways to increase power generation, improvement of distribution system and uninterrupted supply of power etc.

Experts say that NE has the potential of producing 70,000 MW of power but shortage continues due to slow development of power projects.  Asked about the slow process of power projects in the region, Doshehe said the main problem lay with the lack of infrastructural development like road and transmission line. He said NE is connected with rail and water yet the absence of transmission line and proper road connectivity unlike mainland India were the reasons why power projects were not taking place in the region.

Doshehe said that the talk about power infrastructural development also encompasses road connectivity, good hospitals, good educational institutions and other required amenities for better living of the people.

Power ministers of the NE states and corporations like NEEPCO, NHPC, PGCIL, PTC, NPPC etc are members of the NERPC. The meeting saw in attendance officials of such corporations besides the power ministers. 

Stating that shortage of power was a global phenomenon and the country as well, the NERPC chairman, however, said the worst affected was the NE region. In spite of the fact that NE has great potential for producing energy, the region still required up-gradation of power system, he said.

Doshehe also informed of another meeting of all power ministers of the country convened by the Planning Commission of India in New Delhi on July 17 to deliberate on energy development under the 12th Five Year Plan. He said that the concluded 13th NERPC meeting have prepared the committee for the July 17 meeting.  

Formed in 2008, NERPC is the highest body in the region to interact on the power policy issues and technical aspects. The committee was formed to facilitate the stability and smooth operation of the integrated grid and economy and power system operation in the region.