State incurs loss of over Rs 142 crore for delayed Umiam stage-IV project  

Shillong,June 27: Meghalaya Energy Corporation Limited (MeECL) has incurred Rs 142.56 crore revenue loss after it failed to rectify one of the units of Umiam stage-IV hydro electric power.

The plant has been out of generation for the past 22 months.


Congress spokesperson and Rangsakona legislator Zenith Sangma said one of the units of Umiam Stage IV HEP having generating capacity of 30 MW is out of generation since August, 2019.

“It has been 22 months (almost two years) but till now it has not been rectified. That means we are losing 7,20,000 units or 0.72 million units of energy in a single day and 21.6 MU in a month. So, if we calculate even @ Rs 3 per unit, it is Rs 6.48 crore of revenue loss and (6.48×22) crore it will be Rs 142.56 crore revenue loss, which would have come to the kitty of MeECL,” Sangma said in a statement issued on Sunday.

The Congress MLA said it has been raising the issue since 2019 to draw the attention of the government and the MeECL to take immediate action to rectify but was in vain.

Stating that this is just a tip of iceberg, he further alleged that the MeECL is losing hundreds of crores due to mismanagement.

The MeECL is able to generate 150 MW out of its installed capacity of 356 MW at least in this current month of June, he said.

“In my last statement, I pointed out that MeECL could generate energy of 60 MW, was based on the statement made by the CMD, MeECL which was published in the news on the 11th of May, 2021. Then how can it be baseless?” Sangma asked.

In the statement, the CMD, MeECL had claimed that it has generated 150 MW in June, 2021. He further claimed that the Myntdu Leska project has been clocking the full capacity of 126 MW.

“Therefore, I have been made to understand that the balance generation (other than 42×3 = 126 MW = Myntdu Leska project) is (150-126) MW = 24 MW only out of (356-126) = 230 MW,” he said.

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