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UDP demands white paper

A view of the Myntdu Leshka project site. File picture

Shillong, April 29: The Opposition United Democratic Party (UDP) today demanded a “white paper” on the power scenario in Meghalaya from chief minister Mukul Sangma as party activists staged a sit-in near the additional secretariat building here. The party also demanded a CBI probe into the Myntdu-Leshka hydel project.

Party legislators and workers gathered at the parking lot near the additional secretariat building to air their grievances on the ongoing power regulation, which has derailed normal life.

In a letter submitted to Sangma, UDP general secretary Allan F. Dkhar demanded a “white paper” on the power scenario in the state reflecting the generation, transmission and distribution of power from existing sources, and the commissioning/status of different power projects including cost, power purchases made and others.

Moreover, Dkhar asked the chief minister to institute a CBI inquiry into the “failure” of the Myntdu-Leshka hydel project.

The UDP also demanded dropping or resignation of power minister Clement Marak as it felt that the ongoing situation reflected the “incompetence” of the power minister in dealing with the management of the power corporation in the state.

Expressing disappointment at the “lackadaisical attitude” of the government in addressing the power crisis, the UDP stated that the existing scenario is “unprecedented”, which reflected the “indifference and insensitivity” of those at the helm of affairs.

“The domestic consumers are the worst affected in spite of the fact that regular payment is made to the Meghalaya Energy Corporation Limited, even complying with the irregular and abnormal increase in tariff,” Dkhar added in the letter.

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