Shillong, Sept. 22: The entire Garo hills once again reeled under total darkness following a break in the power transmission line. There was heavy rain accompanied by lightning last night and this is the fifth time Garo hills plunged into darkness this year.
Since 11pm last night and till the filing of this report, power supply was yet to be restored as workers from the Meghalaya Energy Corporation Limited (MeECL) were engaged in trying to reinstate the snapped transmission line along West Khasi Hills.
“A snap in the transmission line, around 17km away from West Khasi Hills, had developed last evening, giving rise to power failure in Garo hills. Efforts are on to restore the line,” a state government official said.
The region has always been at the receiving end whenever the 132-KV Nongstoin-Nangalbibra transmission line of 126km developed a fault. The 132-KV Agia-Nangalbibra transmission line of 92.15km, commissioned in 2007 at a cost of Rs 43 crore, is likely to become an alternative to the existing transmission line. But in view of a litigation, the completion of the Agia-Nangalbibra transmission line has been delayed.