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NE nation�s power store house: Venugopal

By Newmai News

SHILLONG, Nov 5 � Terming the Northeastern region�s 58,000 MW of unexplored power potential as the nation�s power store house, Union Minister of State for Power K C Venugopal today said, if this untapped potential is explored it can transform the socio-economic conditions of the people besides contributing to the development of the nation.

Venugopal, who was in Shillong on Saturday to attend a conference organised by North East Power News dwelt on the hydel, thermal and gas deposits in the seven sister States that is about 40 per cent of the untapped hydro potential of the country.

The Union Minister stated, �Development of hydro potentials in the region will help in achieving a better fuel mix�, while commenting on the challenges related to coal and gas shortage which the country is facing.

Pointing at the rich coal and gas reserves in Meghalaya, Assam and Tripura, Venugopal said, �If we could effectively tap these resources, this region will be the power house of India�.

However, in course of his speech, the Union Minister referred to the daunting task in executing the hydro projects due to geological surprises, forest clearance, land acquisition and others, but he was hopeful that the Government of India will be able to deal with such hindrances through discussions with Chief Ministers and Power Ministers of the North East region.

�Oppurtunities always come with challenges and only a committed, systematic approach and persistence can help us identifying and avail the oppurtunities�, stated Venugopal.

PTI adds: Venugopal said that the per capita consumption of power in the country was the lowest when compared to other countries.

Addressing the conference on opportunities in power sector here, Venugopal said the Centre proposed to improve the per capita consumption of power above 1,000 units.

Venugopral said that since more than 75 per cent of power is generated from coal and gas based stations, the development of hydro potential would be very important.

The region is rich in power potential, but the execution of hydro project has always been a difficult task, he said.

This is due to the geological surprises which is one of the major challenges faced by many of the hydro projects, especially in the Himalayan region.

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NE nation�s power store house: Venugopal

SHILLONG, Nov 5 � Terming the Northeastern region�s 58,000 MW of unexplored power potential as the nation�s power store house, Union Minister of State for Power K C Venugopal today said, if this untapped potential is explored it can transform the socio-economic conditions of the people besides contributing to the development of the nation.

Venugopal, who was in Shillong on Saturday to attend a conference organised by North East Power News dwelt on the hydel, thermal and gas deposits in the seven sister States that is about 40 per cent of the untapped hydro potential of the country.

The Union Minister stated, �Development of hydro potentials in the region will help in achieving a better fuel mix�, while commenting on the challenges related to coal and gas shortage which the country is facing.

Pointing at the rich coal and gas reserves in Meghalaya, Assam and Tripura, Venugopal said, �If we could effectively tap these resources, this region will be the power house of India�.

However, in course of his speech, the Union Minister referred to the daunting task in executing the hydro projects due to geological surprises, forest clearance, land acquisition and others, but he was hopeful that the Government of India will be able to deal with such hindrances through discussions with Chief Ministers and Power Ministers of the North East region.

�Oppurtunities always come with challenges and only a committed, systematic approach and persistence can help us identifying and avail the oppurtunities�, stated Venugopal.

PTI adds: Venugopal said that the per capita consumption of power in the country was the lowest when compared to other countries.

Addressing the conference on opportunities in power sector here, Venugopal said the Centre proposed to improve the per capita consumption of power above 1,000 units.

Venugopral said that since more than 75 per cent of power is generated from coal and gas based stations, the development of hydro potential would be very important.

The region is rich in power potential, but the execution of hydro project has always been a difficult task, he said.

This is due to the geological surprises which is one of the major challenges faced by many of the hydro projects, especially in the Himalayan region.