GUWAHATI, March 21 � The State is banking mainly on two central sector power projects to tide over the power shortage faced during the peak hours and the Chief Minister, Tarun Gogoi himself admitted the fact.
In his Budget speech in the State Assembly recently, Gogoi said that the peak period demand for power increased significantly in recent years and at present, the availability of power in Assam is around 820 MW against the peak demand of 1150 MW. Interestingly, the State�s own generation of power is only 280 MW.
The Chief Minister expressed the hope that the commissioning of two central sector projects�726 MW Pallatana power project of the UNGC in Tripura and the 750 MW Bongaigaon Thermal Power station of the NTPC would improve the power situation. These two projects are expected to be partially commissioned by December this year, which will contribute significantly to the power availability in the State. The State� share of the projects after full commissioning would be 600 MW.
The Chief Minister asserted that the State Government would provide all necessary support to the NHPC for the completion of the 2000 MW Lower Subansiri Hydropower project.
The 37 MW Lakwa Waste Heat project under the Assam Power Generation Company Limited was commissioned in December last year and the construction of the Lower Kapili project is likely to start within this year after getting clearance from the Central Electricity Authority.
The implementation of the 100 MW Namrup replacement power project is likely to be commissioned within the next financial year.