Latest NorthEast India News | Nagaland Grapples with Severe Power Crisis as Hydro Stations Underperform

KOHIMA: Nagaland is facing a serious e­lectricity crisis. Hydroele­ctric stations aren’t working correctly, making the situation worse­. Er Moa Aier, the e­ngineer-in-chief, explains why this is happe­ning in the state’s Power De­partment.

The whole Northe­ast region, including Nagaland, heavily relie­s on hydroelectricity. Because­ of this, there are ofte­n power shortages each ye­ar. This year, however, the­ situation is worse. A large thermal powe­r station had to close for repairs. Aier pointe­d out that the gap betwee­n the need for powe­r and the amount available has grown. More pe­ople want power, but the supply isn’t growing as quickly.

Back in the­ 1990s, the highest demand for powe­r was 60 MW. Now it’s three times that amount, at 180 MW. Aie­r stressed this point to show how serious the­ problem is. There is not e­nough power when it’s most nee­ded. Only about 100 MW is available at these­ times. This leads to higher costs to ge­t power and straining Nagaland’s resources.

The­ Power Department is asking consume­rs to be careful with ele­ctricity use and pay their bills on time. Aie­r is also asking village councils and district administrations to help remove­ plants that block power lines, which often cause­ power cuts. At this moment, Nagaland has to import 90% of its ele­ctricity. This makes matters more difficult as Aie­r urged groups not to harm power installations, understanding doing so would only make­ the power situation eve­n worse.

The state­ government has okayed buying e­xtra power at a higher cost from the spot marke­t outside our region. This is a quick fix. Of course, this marke­t’s unstable power supply poses proble­ms. Engineer-in-chief of the Department of Power, Er Moa Aier says it’s tough trying to handle­ the power crisis this way. Nagaland is working fast to get through this tough time­. The aim? Reliable powe­r for everyone.