Power sector in Arunachal Pradesh has earned Rs 544.21 crore in 6 years: Minister

power-sector-in-arunachal-pradeshITANAGAR: The power sector in Arunachal Pradesh has earned a revenue of Rs 544.21 crore in the last six years, state Power (electrical) minister Tanga Byaling said here today.

During 2009-10 the department earn Rs 75.81 crore, Rs 90.82 crore (2010-11), Rs 80.53 crore during 2011-12, Rs 84.80 crore in 2012-13, Rs 93.08 crore in 2013-14 and Rs 119.17 crore in 2014-15 (till January 2015), he said.

"The department could increase revenue collection of over five crore during 2014-15 after launching of pre paid energy meters (PPEMs), a pilot project in the state capital," Byaling said at a press conference.

The minister flanked by Power Chief Engineer (WZ) J Tato, said the department was anticipating a revenue collection of over Rs 130 crore during 2014-15 after receiving reports from various electrical divisions in the state.

He said, the state government had launched the PPEM as a pilot project with an estimated cost of Rs 84 crore in the state capital with a target of 32,000 consumers including 13,000 in Itanagar and the rest in Naharlagun, Nirjuli and Banderdewa.

"So far the department had installed 2,200 PPEM in Itanagar," he said.

To a question on power tariff in the state, the minister said the government had not hiked the tariff in the last three years.

"The department is charging on an average Rs four per unit of power consumed by commercial and domestic consumers in the state," he said.

On power requirements of the state, Byaling said the total unrestricted power requirement of the state annually comes around 200 MW, while requirements during peak hours was 150 MW.