Aizawl, Oct 27:Joint Electricity Regulatory Commission (JERC) for Manipur & Mizoram and P&E Department today jointly organised ’Conference on Electricity & Related Issues Sensitization in Mizoram’ for the first time here at Synod Conference Hall which was graced by Chief Minister Lal Thanhawla.
Addressing the conference, Chief Minister said that in spite of the North East region having the potential to generate huge amount of power and despite the Central government in the know of the same, yet due to not carrying out of things as they should be, the region is far from meeting its adequate need of power supply.
“Our engineers are doing their best so that we may have more power supply” he said. Tuirial Hydel Project which shall generate the highest amount of power is expected to be commissioned next year 2016, CM Hawla said.
“Because of corruption, works are not expedited, though we want them to”, Chief Minister said. “The big projects that we have are executed at a slow pace such that the plan to connect Mizoram by railway upto Sairang by 2016 is likely to be extended to 2018, and the practicability of that too is a still a question”, he added.
Such is the present situation that we are now dealing with Land Reforms, Hawla said, adding, “We need to have a stringent law for which engineers are working on to formulate a proper and comprehensive gabapentin to buy uk Power Policy”.
Because we incur huge loss in Power transmission and distribution, public awareness on the need to save power is necessary, Hawla said.
Chief Minister Hawla said that Mizoram is the lowest in terms of power tariff is the country, adding, “We don’t want to be a poor State, and if we want progress change in the tariff would be necessary”.
Regarding the request of JERC leaders for permanent office, he said that while he understands their request, he but asked them in turn to understand that it is difficult in the present situation.
JERC Chairman R.K. Kishore Singh on his part said that State Electricity Regulatory Commission is to be hand by each State as mandated by Electricity Act, 2003 but in case of Manipur and Mizoram there is a joint commission as per suggestion of Power Ministry. Since 2008, both the State began to have two members in the Commission, he added. He mentioned that Manipur state has this year ‘corporatized’ Electricity Department and thus it is divided into Manipur State Power Company Limited and Manipur State Power Distribution Company Limited, each headed by Managing Director. He advised Mizoram to also do the same in order to cut expenditure.
The Sensitization programme in the day witnessed instruction from engineers through powerpoint presentation and discussion over the selected topics.