Shillong, Apr 6: The Meghalaya Energy Corporation Limited (MeECL) has scheduled load shedding in the entire state on April 7.
As per the MeECL, the load shedding will be imposed all over the State on rotation basis as well as in the industries in Lumshnong, East Jaintia Hills and Byrnihat, Ri-Bhoi district.
According to the MeECL, the load shedding has been imposed due to maintenance shutdown of one unit of OTPC Agartala, low generation of all NEEPCO hydro plants and low water level in MePGCL power stations.
The MeECL said that due to this Meghalaya will be facing an acute power shortage of around 2.1 MU (million units) for April 7, 2021.
“With great difficulty, today in the late evening, we have managed to arrange around 0.8MU from outside the state,” the MeECL said.
The MeECL also informed that because of the ongoing Assembly elections across India and peak summer in Northern and Southern India, energy rates in exchange markets have touched Rs. 6 per unit thus making it unviable for us to purchase electricity on a real time basis.
“Therefore, with no other option left, MePDCL is compelled to enforce load shedding across Meghalaya on rotation basis. Timing may vary slightly to ensure grid stability. All attempts will be made to cause least inconvenience to the general public,” the MeECL added.
It also stated that this has got nothing to do with the regulation notice issued from Power Grid but only because of water availability.