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Shillong, Jan 20:
The Meghalaya Government has managed to limit the hours of load shedding to two hours to be effective immediately.
"We will be able to minimize the hours of load shedding to two hours. We have arrived to this decision following discussion with the different agencies," Meghalaya Chief Minister, Conrad K Sangma told reporters here today.
Informing that the limitation of the hours of the load will be effective immediately, Sangma said that the exact timing of the load shedding will be decided by the MeECL.
Meghalaya Chief Minister said that they have managed to take this call to reduce the hours of the load shedding after they have resolved the issue on the power banking system with the various agencies.
It may be mentioned that as per the power banking system, the state government will give power to some agency then in time of need it can take back power from such agencies.
"On an average, the NTPC and NHPC are providing 40 MW power to the State," he said.
Informing that the Government is paying Rs 65 lakh on a daily basis to NEEPCO, he said that they have also arranged the Letter of Credit (LOC) of Rs 13 crore to the NTPC.
When asked on the power requirement in the State, Meghalaya Chief Minister informed that the unrestricted demand of power in the State is almost 600 MW.
"The State is able to generate around 300 MW from the Umiam and Leshka Hydro Project. The deficit of unrestricted demand of power is 300 MW," he said.
Meanwhile, Sangma said that the pending dues of the electricity bills which the MeECL is yet to receive is Rs 181 crore. Urging the people to pay the electricity bills on time, he said that the pending dues which are due to the MeECL include Industrial High Tension (Rs 52 crore), Domestic Low Tension (Rs 40.1 crore) and Commercial Low Tension (Rs 21 crore).
"The Government will be able to streamline the system only if there is timely payment of pending dues of electricity bills," Meghalaya Chief Minister.