Aalo-Pasighat Electrict Transmission line collapsed at Babuk village in Arunachal on July 17.

Pasighat Smart City in East Siang district and Eastern Arunachal districts including Dibang Valley, Namsai and Lohit plunged into darkness after the 132 KV Aalo-Pasighat-Roing-Tezu transmission line was collapsed due to major landslide at Babuk in East Siang on July 17 last.

Assistant Engineer (E) Transmission of Pasaighat, Komkar Taso in a public message said it would take a month period for complete restoration of the collapsed transmission line.

“So, the power department is taking up renovation of an old 33 KV line linking Aalo and Pasighat as an alternative route of power supply to Pasighat area,” he said.

“We are taking up repairing of the old 33 KV line from Aalo and Pasighat as alternative way of power supply and use the line until the collapsed tower line is renovated. The 33 KV line will be used for supplying 3-4 MW electric energy from Aalo to Pasighat to meet about 60 percent of the power demand,” said a power department engineer at Pasighat on Sunday.

The department has engaged its man and machine to repair the old power line along Aalo-Pasighat route and it is expected to complete within next two or three days.

After 4-day complete disruption of power supply, the power department of Pasighat has managed to draw about 2 MW electric energy from Assam (Through Jonai near Ruksin gate) and distributing inadequate power at Pasighat urban area with regular load shedding.

Officials said that Pasighat town and adjoin rural areas needs 7.5 MW power, which was supplied through the Aalo-Pasighat 132 KV transmission line for the years. The transmission line is connecting to Roing, Anini, Namsai, Tezu and Anjaw towns in Upper Arunachal Pradesh.

Meanwhile, higher ups of power department officials sat in a meeting at Pasighat on Saturday, chalked out a strategy to mitigate power problems in the affected districts.

Report from Roing (Lower Dibang Valley) reveals that power supply has been disrupted in the district since last week after the 132 KV transmission line was collapsed.

The district’s power department is drawing electricity from the Assam State Electricity Board through Tinsukia for the last four days to meet the power crisis. However, the consumers have been complaining of fluctuation of power supply and very low voltage.

Prafulla Kaman

Prafulla Kaman is Northeast Now Correspondent in Dhemaji. He can be reached at: pkradio16@gmail.com

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