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Improve Assam's power scenario: Tarun Gogoi to discom

Monday, 21 April 2014 - 7:43pm IST | Place: GUWAHATI | Agency: IANS

Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi Monday reviewed the power situation in the state and asked the Assam Power Distribution Company Limited (APDCL) to take immediate steps to meet the shortfall of power.

Assam has not been receiving adequate power from hydro power generating stations - including Ranganadi, Kopili, Khandong, Doyang and Loktak - due to low water levels in the reservoirs caused by drought-like conditions prevailing in the northeast region for the last few days. A statement issued by the Chief Minister's Office here said this has created a shortfall of about 275 MW of power in the state. Assam is now mostly dependent on thermal stations at Kathalguri, Palatana, Ramachandranagar, Namrup and Lakwa.

However, the state is receiving only 230 MW from these thermal power stations due to poor availability of gas, thereby causing a further shortfall of 250 MW, it said. The APDCL is trying to meet the shortfall by procuring 300 MW from outside the region.

However, the power position is likely to improve with rainfall in the region in the coming months and further production of gas, it said.

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