The Arunachal Pradesh power department on Thursday said that the proposed shutdown of the 132 KV Ranganadi-Ziro transmission line was not in the knowledge of the State Load Despatch Centre. Reacting to media reports about the proposed shutdown, the SLDC said that it was the nodal agency of the state to exercise supervision, monitoring and control of all grid-related operations and as such no shutdown of any element of the grid system could take place without its knowledge and consent.
“Even if such shutdown is warranted due to urgency of the work, as stated by Power Grid Corporation of India Ltd, it should be coordinated by the SLDC to ensure minimum disturbance and after consultation with all stake holders to reduce difficulties to the consumers,” Chief Engineer A Perme in a statement in Itanagar said. Power Grid Corporation of India Ltd had informed about the likely shutdown of the transmission line for at least 15 days affecting power supply to Lower Subansiri, Upper Subansisri, Kra Daadi, Kurung Kumey, East Siang, West Siang, Upper Siang and some parts of Papum Pare.
Taking a view on the media reports on the matter of shutdown affecting eight districts of central Arunachal, the issue would be discussed in a high level meeting to be chaired by the Commissioner at Pasighat on Thursday, Perme said. The matter would also be raised in the 124th OCC forum of North East Power Committee (NERPC) by the Department of Power on August 8 next in Meghalaya.