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Meeting on power

Shillong, April 30: A meeting to decide restoration of power supply by Northeastern Electric Power Corporation Ltd (Neepco) to Meghalaya will be held in New Delhi on Friday.

Meghalaya power minister Clement Marak told reporters today that officials from Neepco and MeECL will have a meeting with Union power secretary to discuss the issue related to power crisis and finalise an amount that the MeECL should pay to Neepco so as to resume power supply to the state.

MeECL director (finance) Pankaj Jain, who is already camping in New Delhi, will attend the meeting.

Neepco has stopped selling power to Meghalaya since last year after the MeECL had consistently failed to pay outstanding dues of around Rs 379 crore, including interest.

It made it clear that regulation of power would be lifted only if the MeECL can pay a substantial amount of money.

The MeECL used to purchase around 47MW.

Reportedly, Neepco asked the state electricity corporation to pay at least Rs 50 crore of the total outstanding dues.

However, MeECL pleaded with Neepco, saying that it can afford to pay only around 10 per cent of the dues with the help of the state government.