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Tripura now exporting power to Nepal: Deputy CM

PTI Agartala | Updated on June 19, 2019

Power surplus Tripura in now exporting electricity to Nepal, Deputy Chief Minister Jishnu Devvarma said on Wednesday.

Devvarma, who is also the Power Minister, said: “We have been selling 190 MW to Bangladesh for so many years and now we have started exporting 40 MW to Nepal from April.“

“The proceeds from selling surplus power is being used for developing the State power corporation,” the Deputy Chief Minister said.

ONGC Tripura Power Company-run Palatana gas thermal power plant, which produces 726 MW, has a power-sharing agreements with North-East States.

The Union Ministry of Power has allocated more than 58 per cent of power from the project to the North-East States including Assam (240 MW), Tripura (196 MW), Meghalaya (79 MW), Manipur (42 MW), Nagaland (27 MW), and Arunachal Pradesh and Mizoram (22 MW each), while 98 MW is allocated to OTPC for merchant sales.

The ₹4,047-crore power plant is capable of feeding 8.7 million units into the power grid daily.

A 661-km 400 kV double circuit transmission network has been created from Palatana power project up to Bongaigaon in Assam through a special purpose vehicle, North-East Transmission Company Limited (NETCL), to evacuate power from the plant.

Tripura generates 115 MW from its own units including Rukhia Gas Thermal Power plants, Baramura Thermal Power plants and Gomati hydro-electric power plant.

Tripura also has two thermal power projects run by NEEPCO.

These include a 130 MW power plant at Ramchandranagar in West Tripura and a 100 MW unit at Manarchak in Sepahijala district.

As per official statistics, Tripura currently needs around 300 MW daily for its consumers.

Devvarma said that after the BJP-IPFT government came to power, the State government has provided 1.36 lakh new power connections under Saubhagya scheme.

‘Apnar Dorgoray’

A new scheme called Apnar Dorgoray (At Your Doorstep) was launched recently to provide uninterrupted power to consumers.

Devvarma said the State government is keen on generating solar power and plans are afoot to convert to solar power the state secretariat and other major government offices.

Published on June 19, 2019

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