DIMAPUR, April 5 - In the wake of near-regular power disruption in Dimapur, the commercial hub of Nagaland, Dimapur DC Sushil Kumar Patel today advised the Power Department to mobilise staff and ensure regular checking of transformers, stressing that the power demand would increase with the onset of the summer season.
Patel suggested that the Power Department should tie up with village councils and take corrective action in areas where trees touch power lines. The DC was addressing the monthly District Planning and Development Board (DPDB) meeting of Dimapur district for the month of April in his conference hall.
Dimapur faced a major power breakdown on the night of April 2 that lasted for almost 20 hours. The Power Department said it was due to some �technical snag.�
Executive Engineer, Transmission Division, Dimapur, Nitovi A Wotsa, said the breakdown was caused by a technical snag at 132 kV sub-station, Nagarjan.
Dimapur has been reeling under a power crisis since last year. A power transformer of the sub-station was completely burnt down when a fire broke out on November 13 last year, affecting more than half the town.
The Power Department had signed an agreement with the Government of India for Ujwal Discom Assurance Yojana (UDAY) on November 20, 2017 for improving operational efficiency in power distribution. It has also initiated steps to set up a power corporation to open avenues for foreign investment, joint ventures, etc. Along with Mizoram and Sikkim, Nagaland is yet to set up a power corporation among the North Eastern States.