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Dispur lists power demands

Guwahati, Sept. 18: The Centre has assured Assam that it would meet its demands in the power sector.

Union power minister M. Veerappa Moily met Assam chief minister Tarun Gogoi and other officials, including power minister Pradyut Bordoloi, yesterday to review the sector.

This is the first time that Moily visited Assam after taking charge of the power ministry.

The projects that came up for discussion include, among others, the 2,000MW Lower Subansiri Hydro Power Project being executed by the NHPC, 750MW Bongaigaon Thermal Power Project being executed by NTPC and implementation of the Rajiv Gandhi Rural Electrification Project in Tinsukia and Goalpara districts.

Assam has demanded 600MW from the Lower Subansiri hydel project, while it wants its share increased to 100 per cent in the 750MW Bongaigaon thermal power station.

Both the projects have been delayed and the Centre is making all attempts to expedite their commissioning.

The NHPC project is facing massive opposition from various groups and there has practicably been no work at the site since last December.

Moily said the Centre would take immediate steps to ensure that 75 per cent of the demands put forward by the state government were taken care of.

A detailed presentation on the status of the various power projects in the state and its various requirements and shortcoming was given at the meeting.

Dispur has also requested adequate coal supply to the Margherita thermal power project and gas supply for the Amguri power project.

Gogoi said the government is going for capacity enhancement of additional 1,000MW of power generation.