NEC seminar on ‘Power Scenario In North East’

SHILLONG, Nov 14: The North Eastern Council (NEC), the Research Center for East and North Eastern Regional Studies (CENERS) and Government of Meghalaya with support from various other NE states will jointly organize a seminar on “Power Scenario in North East – Present situation and action plan for a better future” at NEC auditorium here on 16 November. This was informed by NEC secretary Ram Muivah in a press conference here on Wednesday.
Muivah stated that ‘NEC has so far taken up 7 hydro/thermal projects with a total installed capacity of 694.50 MW –about 30% of the current installed capacity in the region.’
He said the projects have benefitted industrial sectors and other major establishments of all eight Northeastern states in term of power requirement.”
Speaking on the occasion, Vice President (Operations) of the Centre for East and North East Regional Studies, Kolkata, Lt. General (Retd.) J R Mukherjee said that in spite of huge potentials and abundant resource of coal, oil and gas for thermal power generation, the NE region ranks lowest in the country in terms of power generation and per capita energy consumption. This is, he said, mainly due to lack of proper planning, inhospitable climatic conditions, remote location and inaccessibility of the region.
The objective behind the seminar to stimulate the public interest in Geo Politics, Geo Economics and Geo strategy in context of the regional and South Asian security.
The NE states need some action plan so that they can harness the resources in power sector, said Asok Das Gupta of CENERS.
Giving importance of maintenance of biodiversity he said ecology and environment is of paramount importance for North East.
He added that ‘the seminar will give the forum for research, discussions, debate on current turbulence and threat.’ PTI