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Sonowal asks power dept to set up central control room
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 GUWAHATI, Feb 15 - To infuse efficiency and plug disruption in power supply, Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal has asked the Power Department to set up a central control room to figure out any technical fault leading to power cut in any area of the State.

Chairing a meeting at the conference hall of the Brahmaputra State Guest House in the city last evening, the Chief Minister said that a state-of-the-art central control room in the State needs to be established to quickly zero in on the fault area vis-à-vis cause of fault to take corrective steps for the restoration of power in that particular area, an official release stated.

He added that during the Monsoon season because of torrential rain, several electrical installations develop technical snag leading to disruption of electricity supply.

“A state-of-the-art central control room would be able to map the entire network of electricity installations and figure out the technical snag, if any, and help the men on duty to rectify the fault delivering respite to the consumers and ensuring 24x7 power supply,” he said.

The Chief Minister, while taking stock of the schemes and services of Assam Power Distribution Company Limited (APDCL) and Assam Power Generation Company Limited of the Power Department, asked the authorities concerned to carry out extensive survey of the vulnerable points across the State and take remedial measures to avoid accidents and electrocution deaths, especially during the flood season.

Sonowal also asked APDCL to put the transformer on high raised platforms, especially in the flood-prone areas. He asked the company to design innovative measures and save the transformers from incessant rain-induced problems.

Taking stock of Mukhya Mantri Akashdeep Yojana, Sonowal asked the department to expeditiously distribute LED bulbs to all the beneficiaries in the State. He further asked Principal Secretary, Power Niraj Verma to take steps for filling up vacancies in the department expeditiously. He directed the Principal Secretary to install individual meters in the left-out households in the tea garden areas to do away with all cluster meters in those areas.

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