Shillong, April 24: The state government today directed the Meghalaya Energy Corporation Limited (MeECL) to divert power from the industries to the public.
In a statement issued today, Power Minister James K Sangma said that Meghalaya unfortunately has to face an additional shortage of 37 MW.
“MeECL has immediately been given instructions for diversion of power from the industries to the public. When the power from the OTPC is restored, power to the Industries will be resumed,” Sangma said.
The minister said that the reason for the additional shortage was due to a sudden and unexpected shutdown due to some technical snag of the 2nd Unit of the OTPC Palatana Power Plant at Tripura which has unfortunately resulted in zero generation from OTPC.
He said that this has resulted in disruption of supply of power to all the Northeastern states including Meghalaya.
The OTPC Palatana Power Plant has 2 units (363.3 MW X 2) out of which 1 unit was shut down due to maintenance resulting in shortage of supply due to which MeECL had earlier brought out a 3 hour load shedding schedule.
“However, the earlier load shedding schedule for 3 hours as communicated earlier due to the maintenance of 1 unit of OTPC will continue,” he said.