GUWAHATI, Sept 23 - MLA Atul Bora has called for initiating steps to revive the Chandrapur Thermal Power Station (CTPS) so as to address the perennial power shortage in the State.
Bora, while appealing to Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal to look into the issue, regretted that despite the long-standing demand from the public to revive this power station, no steps were undertaken by the successive governments.
�When it was in operation, the CTPS gave employment to 800 regular employees and 100 contractual workers. It is surprising that even after 17 years, the government has not taken any steps to revive the CTPS. There is also no concerted move on the part of the Assam government to discuss the matter with the Government of India for reviving the plant,� said Bora, insisting that immediate steps should be taken to revive the CTPS with the existing design or with the required modification to generate at least 60 MW power from it.
Bora said that government should also explore suitable alternatives for generation power at the CTPS. �One attractive alternative may be to utilize the land under CTPS for setting up a solar farm which should be capable of generating more than 100 MW of power for meeting the demand in Guwahati and beyond,� he added.