CM calls on MoS Power,submits memorandum


Gangtok, 07 Apr: Chief Minister, Prem Singh Tamang submitted a Memorandum to the Minister of State (Independent Charge) of Power, RK Singh, “to make Sikkim a developed and efficient electricity provider

to its consumers through green energy within the State and to consumers outside the State as well”.

The CM called on the Minister of State (Independent Charge) of Power, New & Renewable Energy, Govt. of India, RK Singh, in New Delhi, today. In a press release issued by the Secretary to the CM, SD Dhakal, it is informed that the Chief Minister also requested for the consideration by the power purchasers of other States to fulfil the Hydro power Purchase Obligation and also discussed the evacuation system for direct withdrawal of free share of power from the State Independent Power Producer (IPP) projects including Teesta Stage III Hydro Electricity Project. Provisions for prepaid smart meter system was also discussed in the meeting for which the Chief Minister requested for 90% grant to the State for completing installation of prepaid smart meters. In regards to the solar renewable purchase obligation, the Chief Minister offered a vacant land for the installation of 1 (one) megawatt at Pakyong,

East Sikkim and requested the Minister to provide special assistance from the Government of India. He also requested for the cancellation of Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) and withdrawal of all thermal power which in spite of generating surplus green energy is not profiting the state. The Chief Minister was accompanied by the Minister for Energy & Power, Govt. of Sikkim, M.N. Sherpa and the senior officers of the Ministry of Power, New & Renewable Energy, Govt. of India. “The meeting was very fruitful as

the Union Minister of State (I/C) has assured that all the points discussed will be looked into at the earliest,” the release states.