Agartala, Aug. 28: Power ministers and officials of the Northeast will meet here in the first week of September to devise ways and means to expedite the commissioning of pending projects in the region.
The meeting will also discuss transmission problems in the Northeast.
Disclosing this, Tripura power minister Manik Dey said the two-day meeting of the North Eastern Regional Power Committee (NERPC), comprising power ministers and officials of Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland and Tripura, will be held here on September 4 and 5.
“The northeastern region has been facing multiple problems in the power sector. The NERPC will take specific steps to complete the pending power projects in their re-drawn time frame,” he said.
Dey, the current NERPC chairman, said the region has the capability to generate more than 60,000MW power if the region’s resources are utilised properly. He said the Northeast also continues to be affected by serious power transmission problems.
Power ministers of the seven states and representatives of power sector PSUs, under the central government are members of the NERPC.
An official document of the state-owned North Eastern Electric Power Corporation (Neepco) says the hydropower potential of the northeastern region is estimated to be about 58,971 MW, but only less than two per cent (1,200 MW) was harnessed till early this year.
Thermal and other natural resource-based power projects can generate several thousand MW more electricity in the power and industry-scarce region, it adds.
According to the document, 19 power projects, including 12 hydel power projects of 3,918 MW capacity and four thermal power projects with an installed capacity of 5,595 MW, are now in various stages of commissioning and planning in the northeastern region by different organisations, including Neepco.
The power plants currently being launched or slated to be launched are in Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Meghalaya, Sikkim, Mizoram and Tripura.