Power still a costly service: commr & secy

Correspondent KOHIMA, MAR 14 (NPN) | Publish Date: 3/14/2019 11:46:18 AM IST

Pointing out that power was still a costly service in the State, power and IT commissioner & secretary KD Vizo called upon engineers of power department to find out mechanisms for providing cheap power connection so that even a common man was able to afford electricity. 

Addressing the general conference of Association of Power Engineers Nagaland (APEN) held at Hotel Japfu here on Thursday, Vizo said power connection was a basic service for the citizens and its interruption could endanger health, personal safety and even lives of an entire or part of a population. He explained that by providing an essential service, lives of people, especially in rural areas, could be uplifted.

Vizo told the gathering that there was no end to improvement of services, adding, “We must incorporate the state-of-the art technology for making various improvements with regard to power supply. He also provided various suggestions in this regard. 

Underscoring billing and collection mechanism for increasing revenue collection and providing power connection for strengthening the State’s economy, the commissioner & secretary called for a mechanism to deliver electricity connections at cheaper price. Further, he called on the power department to be more stringent on power theft and safety.

“Keeping in view that large-scale industrialization is about to start in the State, we should make plans in such a way that industrial requirements of power are met,” he said, adding that there was still a huge wastage of power. He stressed creation of awareness and sensitising general citizens on energy conservation. 

The commissioner also emphasised on training and capacity building to handle new technologies, while giving more focus on improving power connectivity in rural areas.

Calling on the engineers to work collectively and maintain good relations with people, Vizo urged senior engineers who are on the verge of superannuation to continue giving their valuable suggestions and inputs so that quality of power distribution could be improved. 

Vizo claimed that the power department through the dedication of its engineers had made commendable improvement in areas of transmission, distribution, revenue collection and generation, where a lot of groundwork was being taken up. 

He said power was considered an engine of growth for any developing economy and that no major economic activity could sustain without adequate and reliable power supply. 

“I’m aware of the fact that the power department engineers are really working very hard to reform the power sector and thereby transform Nagaland into a modern State,” he remarked. 

Citing the Power Policy 2018, Vizo asserted that it was a roadmap for improving the power sector in the State. “And in a few years time we hope to see lot of positive changes in power sector in our State,” he added. 

Delivering his presidential address, APEN president Er Shikato Sema said the association had been taking up issues with the State government with respect to providing better service to the public, besides the welfare of its members.

Asserting that engineers are key influencers for shaping a society and contribute and improve the way “we live and work”, Sema asked members of engineering fraternity to shoulder responsibility for influencing the society in a positive manner.

Mentioning that providing electricity to each and every household throughout the State was the sole responsibility of the power department, he added that the department was also responsible for generation, transmission and distribution of electricity. 

He regretted that the engineers were simply carrying out maintenance and emphasised taking up preventive and predictive maintenance for equipment management critical for operational efficiency. 

The APEN president reminded the engineers that it was their duty to supervise proper execution of projects as per specifications and maintain quality so that the projects were successfully implemented and utilised to their full potential. 

Chief engineer (D&R) Er Khose Sale and engineer in chief (power) Er Ghukhunyi Chishi also delivered short speeches. Founded in 1974, APEN was now 45 years old.

At the general conference, APEN also announced a new team of office bearers for 2019- 2021 with Er. Penrithung Yanthan as president; vice president, Er. Kahoshe Shohe; general secretary, Er. Litrichem Sangtam; joint secretaries, Er. Shiludi Longkumer and Er. Kikruseno; treasurer, Er. V Kezo; and Er. Jonathan Khing as PRO.

The executive members are Er. Atoho Jakhalu, Er. Tsiamchi Ndang, Er. Lobosang Jamir, Er. Neiyie Neikha, Er. K. Solomon Sekhose and Er. Rokongutuo Suohu.

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