IMPHAL, Dec 26 - Load shedding has almost vanished in Imphal after the introduction of pre-paid power supply in the State despite the lack of manpower in the State Power department which was corporatised in February last year.
�Introduction of pre-paid power supply has resulted in tremendous improvement in power supply and its distribution despite the report of lack of manpower,� said a senior official of Manipur State Power Distribution Corporation Limited (MSPDCL). �Now we are experiencing more than 20 hours uninterrupted power supply in Imphal area. By January 2016 it could be 24x7�, he claimed.
Imphal area which comprises parts of Imphal West and Imphal East districts consume about 60 per cent of the power that the State receive from the common pool of the NE States.
This was disclosed at a media sensitisation programme organised by Emingsel, Manipur under the sponsorship of MSPDCL at Manipur Press Club here on Thursday.
�We have completed installation of about 72,000 pre-paid meters against the target of 1.5 lakh prepaid meters in greater Imphal area in the first phase�, said an official.
Manipur�s peak requirement of power was about 170 MW against the availability of 30 MW to 90 MW. The State gets about 70 per cent of its power from the Central sector hydro-power stations in the region while the balance comes from thermal-based plants.