IMPHAL: Power minister Th Biswajit has met Union power minister (independent charge) Raj Kumar Singh on Sunday and apprised the latter of a list of actions that need to be taken for improvement of power sector in Manipur corresponding to the modern requirement, including a comprehensive overhaul proposal of the present power distribution system.
Some of key recommendations forwarded by minister Th Biswajit to the Union Power Minister for increasing the standard of power supply in the state were procurement of 2 lakh prepaid meters, Rs 10 crore project for optimization of power supply at District Head Quarter, another project earmarked at Rs 140 crore for upgradation of power system in Manipur, installation of multiple Hydro Power projects accumulating to 300 MW among others.
The Union minister heard the proposals with keenness and gave his assurance that the fund required for implementation of the projects will be sanctioned as soon as possible.
The meeting took place at the official residence of Raj Kumar Singh. Cabinet colleagues of Biswajit, Agriculture Minister V. Hankhanlian, Education Minister Dr. Th. Radheshyam and Social Welfare Minister Nemcha Kipgen accompanied him during the visit.
Thongam Biswajit who is still in Delhi stated that he requested the Union minister RK Singh to approve the fund for purchasing the present requirement for the state of 2 lakh prepaid metre. Funds for buying half of the total required volume of prepaid metres have already been sanctioned. The attention of the Union minister was drawn to sanction the remaining amount for another 1 lakh prepaid meters, so that areas in both hills and valley areas can be simultaneously covered by prepaid power supply, he added. According to Biswajit the Union minister agreed to sanction the balance amount immediately.
The project for solar street lighting and high mast lighting at District Headquarters was also brought up during the meeting. It found favor from the Union minister too and similarly he promised to release the fund for the project immediately.
Biswajit said there is an imperative need for system improvement to elevate the power supply standard in the state. In order to achieve this, a proposal for a Rs 140 crore project had already been send to the Power Ministry. As per the instruction of the ministry regarding the project proposal, detail information about it were uploaded on the national portal. As a succeeding step, Biswajit and the RK Singh talked threadbare about the project face to face. Acknowledging the importance of the project, the Union minister gave his assurance that the project will be brought up for discussion at the ministry level as a priority matter and special effort will be given to sanction the fund for the project, the state’s power minister said.