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NGO busts power myth

Dhubri, March 27: An NGO has claimed that there is surplus power in the lower Assam districts thanks to Palatana power plant in neighbouring Tripura.

A source in the NGO, North East Craft And Rural Development Organisation, an NGO, said the ONGC’s Tripura plant supplies 240MW power to Assam, 196MW to Tripura, 79MW to Meghalaya, 42MW to Manipur, 27MW to Nagaland, 22MW to Arunachal Pradesh and 22MW to Mizoram.

However, officials of the Assam Power Distribution Company (lower Assam zone) say they get 110MW on an average for the lower Assam districts, the source said.

Expressing surprise over the mess in distribution of power from Bongaigaon, NGO director Binoy Bhattacharjee told The Telegraph today that he did not under- stand why lower Assam districts, including Dhubri, are not receiving sufficient power.

Bhattacharjee said Dhubri district needs 30MW per day (including peak hours) on an average but hardly gets 10MW to 12MW and consumers have to bear the brunt of load-shedding eight to 12 times daily.

“The power scenario is not as bad as thought to be. It has been made so by the advisers sitting at the helm of affairs, who are taking no steps to streamline the distribution. It is unfortunate that despite a steady supply of 240MW power, lakhs of people in lower Assam stay in the dark,” Bhattacharjee said.

Bhattacharjee, who had visited the Tripura power plant recently, wrote to Assam chief minister Tarun Gogoi yesterday urging him to look into the matter and take appropriate action at the earliest.