AGARTALA, Aug 13 - An average 11 per cent power consumption has been reduced in Tripura during peak-hour time, which is one per cent more than that of new government�s target, according to sources.
The State which lacks in industrialisation requires an average 300 MW power during peak hour while it exports 160 MW power to the neighbouring country � Bangladesh as part of a bilateral agreement.
�An average 11 per cent reduction in power consumption means a lot for the loss-making Tripura State Electricity Corporation (TSECL). It will save crores of rupees in a year�, said an official of the State-owned power company here on Monday.
This has been possible because of the switch over to LED lights, anti hook-line drive and terse warning to the government officials against misuse of electricity, he said.
After assuming office, both Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb and his deputy Jishnu Dev Varma, who holds the Power portfolio, had laid emphasis on 10 per cent reduction in power consumption to save money. �Now, 11 per cent power consumption has been reduced during the past four months�, said the official.
However, State�s own power generation is still poor with TSECL producing only 76 MW out of total 300 MW power requirement in the State. While NEEPCO supplies 80 MW, the State receives 245 MW power from Central sector power generation units.
The dismal power scenario came to light at a review meeting chaired by the Chief Minister held here recently. Senior TSEC officials including its outgoing Chairman cum Managing Director (CMD) Jayanta Barkakoti were present in the meeting.
Interestingly, TSECL has achieved major success in the anti hook-line drive across the State. In the meeting, it was informed that altogether 966 anti hook-line drives were carried out during 2018-19 FY. FIRs have been lodged against 283 persons for using illegal hook-line connections.