SHILLONG, March 03: The 40 megawatts New Umtru Hydro Electric Project with 2 units of 20 megawatts each according to the Governor of Meghalaya, Banwarilal Purohit.
“The first unit is expected to go for trial run in the last week of March, this year,” Governor Banwarilal Purohit informed while delivering his Address in the Assembly on Friday.
He informed that the other power projects under implementation are the 22.5 MW Ganol HEP with three units in West Garo Hills and 1.5 MW Lakroh Small HEP in East Jaintia Hills.
The governor said the government is also in the process of tying up funding for the renovation, modernization and up-gradation of the 2X30 MW Umiam stage-III Power Project under the Externally Aided Project Scheme.
“This will extend the life of the project, which was commissioned in 1979, by another 35 years,” he added.
The governor informed that Memorandum of Understandings (MOUs) were also signed with M/S North Eastern Electric Power Corporation (NEEPCO) and other independent power producers to set up power projects to utilize the power potential available in the state.
With the ultimate aim of achieving 100% village and rural household electrification in the state, he said the government is augmenting and strengthening the power distribution network in the rural areas with implementation of projects under Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Gram Jyoti Yojana.
The villages will be electrified through grid where feasible and solar stand-alone systems in remote and inaccessible areas.
He further informed that the power transmission network in the state is also being augmented and strengthened with the construction of new 220 KV and 132 KV lines and sub stations.
Under the new and renewable energy component, the governor said 1,067 KW of solar power plants have been installed in the state till date.
Work is in progress to install up to 500 KW solar plants in government buildings and 1,700 street lighting systems in Amlarem and Dadenggri Civil Sub-divisions.
Meanwhile, the government is examining proposals to install grid-connected rooftop solar power plants in private and government buildings in line with the central government policy to harness solar energy.