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State govt pushing for power projects in Nagaland: Minister

Press Trust of India  |  Kohima 

The government is "making all efforts" to engage firms for studying feasibility of power projects in the state, has said.

The state, despite having potential sites for hydropower generation, spends more than Rs 250 crore to purchase power from other parts of the country, the planning, coordination and land revenue lamented.

"is the lowest generator of in the country. It spends over 250 crore annually to buy power from others, but the revenue generated through distribution does not exceed Rs 120 crore," Kronu told reporters Saturday after inspecting a at Tizu in district earlier this week.

The minister, accompanied by power department N Neikha, also held a meeting with village council representatives, and other leaders of Lozhaphuhu, Tezatse and Kotis hamlets in the district during the visit.

"The government is making all efforts to study feasibility of power projects in the state, including the one at Tizu. The villagers, during the recent meet, have assured us that they would cooperate with the for the Tizu power project," Kronu added.

According to the 2017-18 administrative report of the power department, the state's consumption during peak hours is tipped at 165 MW and off-peak hours at 100MW.

The report maintained that the sector is investment-intensive and therefore the state, with its limited resources, was unable to upgrade in sync with the demand.

"Currently, has 2,79,974 consumers. The state generates just about 84.93 MU of from its four power stations. However, the requirement by 2020 is expected to reach 250 MW," the administrative report added.

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First Published: Sun, October 07 2018. 13:15 IST