Meghalaya’s administration led by Chief Minister, Dr. Mukul Sangma, has been working on a war footing to improve the power situation in the State. The Government has now officially commissioned a new power project at the Ri Bhoi District near the Assam border. The Umtru power project has been commissioned at Dehal and will fill up the gap between power demand and supply in Meghalaya. The 2×20 MW project will bring relief to the erstwhile power-surplus Meghalaya which is now grappling with a deficit. As compared to 650 MW of peak demand, the generation of power stands at 186.7 MW which is hydel-based.
Dr. Mukul Sangma, Chief Minister, Meghalaya, stated that the state has already increased its capacity for power generation and the Meghalaya Power Generation Corporation Limited received encouragement from him with regard to tapping potential zones where small sized hydroelectric projects can be set up in order to boost the power scenario, especially in rural zones. He also asked for a more integrated approach towards utilizing power optimally on part of the people and suggested measures like water conservation and harvesting as integrated approaches for these power projects for maximum benefits.
He also added that the State Government remains committed towards lowering the losses incurred by the Meghalaya Energy Corporation Limited and asked citizens to participate in enabling timely tariff realization across Meghalaya. Earlier, Meghalaya was a power surplus state, selling power to its neighbors in the North East. However, Meghalaya now spends Rs. 20 crore every month for buying power. The situation should witness a huge improvement in future with Dr. Sangma’s efforts and his committed Government who have commissioned this new power project and with several other projects under construction.