CM claims issues with NEEPCO resolved; MePDCL announces load shedding


Even though Chief Minister Conrad Sangma on Friday claimed that the state Government has resolved issues with NEEPCO, the Meghalaya Power Distribution Corporation Limited (MePDCL) has resorted to load shedding once again after Meghalaya Power Distribution Corporation Limited (MePDCL) failed to clear outstanding dues of Rs 504.41 crore.

The load shedding is scheduled for not less than 10-11 hours per day until further notice.

Chief Minister Conrad Sangma told reporters “I have called the meeting at my level, we have discussed the issues and we have resolved most of the issues and we are quite sure that it (Load shedding) will not happen.”

Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma on Friday said it is unlikely for the North Eastern Electric Power Corporation Ltd (NEEPCO) to regulate the power supply to the state since all the issues and concerns that NEEPCO had with the Meghalaya Energy Corporation Limited (MeECL) have been resolved.

Further, while stating that Power Minister James Sangma has already communicated to him that the issue with NEEPCO is resolved, Sangma said that it is still unclear whether NEEPCO would regulate the power supply (from midnight of March 20) as per NEEPCO’s previous notification.

The CM said, “…. last time also NTPC simply cut it  so we will wait and see but from the point of view of all the issues and concerns that NEEPCO had we have resolved all the issues so we don’t expect that to happen but the last report that the Power Minister gave to me before he left the Assembly that they have resolved all the issues. “

Asked, he said, “The NEEPCO’s issue was that the wanted the second installment of the first trench and so that the release was taking abit of time because of some internal issues which MeECL had to resolve with REC and BFS which are the two agencies that are giving the Atma Nirbhar Loan so those issues have been resolved and the second installment of the first trench will be released to NEEPCO, may have already been released while we speak so that was the issue and those have been resolved. “

Load Shedding timing00-06 Hrs load shedding will be affected in Garo Hills & Shillong,

06-09 Hrs in Jaintia & Ribhoi (Public)

09-12 Hrs Khasi Hills, Jaintia Industries & Shillong

12-14 Hrs Jaintia & Jaintia Industries & Ribhoi (Public) & Garo Hills

14-16 Hrs Khasi Hills & Jaintia Industries including Shillong & Garo Hills

16-18 Hrs Jaintia & Jaintia Industries & Byrnihat Industries

18-20 Hrs Byrnihat Industries & Ribhoi (Public)

20-24 Hrs Byrnihat Industries

Earlier, in a letter to the executive director of North Eastern Regional Load Despatch Centre, Power System Operation Corporation Limited on Tuesday, NEEPCO executive director (commercial) NK Mao said despite constant persuasion at various levels, MePDCL has failed to clear the outstanding dues payable to NEEPCO against the purchase of power from its power stations.

Consequently, Mao said the dues of MePDCL continue to escalate and the outstanding in excess of 45 days have piled up to Rs 156.70 crore as on March 15 plus LPS of Rs 347.71 crores adding the total dues as on March 15 stands at Rs 504.41 crores.

“In view of the above-mentioned situation, NEEPCO has no other option but to exercise its option provided for by central electricity regulatory commission (Regulation of Power Supply) Regulations, 2010.

Hence, notice is served for round-the-clock regulation of power supply to MePDCL from all the power stations of NEEPCO for a period of six months with effect from March 20 or till such time MePDCL liquidates its outstanding dues of more than 45 days, whichever is earlier,” he stated in the letter.

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Power had also shot a letter to the Secretary in-charge Power Pravin Bakshi on March 12, regarding the failure of the MePDCL to avail the loan for clearing the outstanding dues.

It may be mentioned here that the government of India had launched the liquidity infusion scheme under Atmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyan to enable the DISCOMs to clear their outstanding dues towards the CPSUs and that a loan of Rs 1,345.72 crore has been sanctioned to MePDCL by REC and PFC under this scheme.

It has been informed to this Ministry that so far MePDCL has availed of Rs 386.86 crore only from REC and PFC and this amount was disbursed to the CPSUs in January 2021 as the 1st installment of the 1st tranche of the loan.

In the letter, Ministry of Power Joint Secretary Tanmay Kumar said “however, it has come to the notice of the Ministry that thereafter MePDCL has not made any  further request to REC and PFC for disbursement of the balance sanctioned amount.”

Meanwhile, he said the Central GENCOs, particularly NEEPCO, continue to face acute liquidity crunch and are finding it extremely difficult to continue with the normal operation of their power stations.

The letter also said that for a small company like NEEPCO the outstanding dues receivable from MePDCL of about Rs 504 crore has become an unbearable burden as routine operational expenditures have to be borne through funds raised from the market at exorbitant cost.