HCM called on the Hon’ble Minister of State (Independent Charge) of Power, New & Renewable Energy, GOI

New Delhi, April 7: The Hon’ble Chief Minister of Sikkim, Shri Prem Singh Tamang called on the Hon’ble Minister of State (Independent Charge) of Power, New & Renewable Energy, Government of India, Shri R. K Singh, in New Delhi, today.

The Chief Minister submitted a Memorandum to make Sikkim a developed and efficient electricity provider to its consumer through green energy within the State and to consumers outside the State as well. He 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 Hon’ble 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 Hon’ble 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 Hon’ble Chief Minister was accompanied by the Hon’ble Minister for Energy & Power, Government of Sikkim, Shri M.N. Sherpa and the senior officers of the Ministry of Power, New & Renewable Energy, Government of India. The meeting was very fruitful as the Hon’ble Union Minister of State (I/C) has assured that all the points discussed will be looked into at the earliest.

(S.D. Dhakal),

Secretary to HCM,

Camp: New Delhi

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