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Nagaland in grip of acute power shortage
Correspondent
 DIMAPUR, April 8 – The already erratic power supply situation in Nagaland has turned from bad to worse and there is no indication of any respite for the citizens any time soon.

Following the Dimapur Electrical Circle’s announcement Wednesday that the load shedding schedule in the district has been intensified due to power shortage, Chief Engineer (Power) K Miachieo today informed that the State is facing acute shortage of power.

While stating that as against the peak demand of 110 MW and off-peak demand of 70 MW, he said the availability is only 40 MW and 25 MW respectively. Furthermore, he said the availability fluctuates on a day-to-day and hour-to-hour basis.

With only 1/3rd of requirement available, which is also not firm, he said it is difficult for the department to even follow a consistent load shedding schedule.

The Dimapur Circle had on Wednesday said there is acute shortage of power in the entire NE region, including Nagaland, due to low water levels in hydro generation stations.

According to reports, the rivers are rapidly drying up directly impacting generation in the entire North East. Other sister States like Arunachal Pradesh and Tripura have also reported acute power shortage.

Besides the low water levels, it has also been reported that utility major NTPC has shut down one 500 MW unit of its 3,000 MW Kaniha power plant due to shortage of coal. As a result, the plant, which supplies power to 15 States and NE, has cut down power supply.

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