AIZAWL, April 17 – Mizoram generates only 13.5 MW though the State has a potential to generate 4,500 MW.
According to Mizoram Power and Electricity department’s latest report, the State has a potential of generating 4,500 MW but produces only 13.5 MW currently which is only 0.60 per cent of the total potential of the State.
On the revenue front, Mizoram received Rs 66.02 crores by selling electricity during 2009-2010. This is possible due to ABT (Availability Based Tariff) used across the country. Accordingly, the State has sold power to other States from its share through unschedules interchange or bilateral sale, said the sources today.
Currently, Mizoram needs 107 MW power while the State receives 65.31MW only that too from Mizoram’s Central share.
The State has several small Hydel Projects and the power generated through these Hydel projects is only 17.05 MW. Bairabi Thermal Plant at the Mizoram-Assam border, with a generating capacity of 22.92 MW, currently generates only 4.01 MW.
Mizoram Power & Electricity department spent Rs 78.81 crores for procuring power from other States while the State also received Rs 66.02 crores from power sales.
Till March 31, 2010, there were 1,53,999 electric connections across the State while till January 2011, 603 villages have been electrified. There is a plan to give electric connection to 104 villages through Rajiv Gandhi Grameen Vidyutikaran Yojana (RGGVY). Through this programme, 27,417 BPL families got connections till November 30, 2010. Mizoram has a total of 707 villages.