GUWAHATI, Dec 16 - Power Minister Rakibul Hussain today said that the State would enjoy uninterrupted power supply from January. He added that several major power projects were nearing completion and that would make the State self-reliant in the next few years.
�The State will have 24X7 power supply from January next year. Even though our own power generation is insufficient, we will ensure uninterrupted power supply to the people by procuring power from outside,� Hussain told media-persons.
While the present peak-hour demand in the State is 1,450 MW, its own power generation is 350 MW. The consumer base has also expanded from 6 lakh in 2001 to 33-35 lakh in 2015.
On the long-term plans to enhance power production, Hussain said that one unit (250 MW) of the Bongaigaon Thermal Power Station, and the 120-MW Lower Kopili Hydroelectric Project would be commissioned by March next year. In addition, the 180-MW Namrup gas-based project will also start its trial run in March. Also in the offing are the 660-MW Margherita Thermal Project and the 30-MW Cachar Project.
�Our thrust is on both hydel and thermal projects. Attaining self-sufficiency in power generation will take some time, but that will not come in the way of ensuring 24X7 power supply,� he said.
Hussain said that transmission network would also witness a lot of improvement and expansion in the coming days. �The poor transmission network often hinders our effort to supply uninterrupted power even when we have the required supply. This will change once the transmission network is upgraded,� he added.
Asserting that the Power Department would act tough on defaulters, which include government and other establishments, the Minister said that the process had started in Nagaon district and would be conducted across the State.