ITANAGAR, July 3: A review meeting was held today to assess the impact of the ongoing monsoon on power systems across the state. Chaired by MLA & advisor (Power-Electrical) to the minister (power) Jikke Tako, the meeting was convened following directives from deputy chief minister Chowna Mein.

Chief engineers from the department of power, along with field officers, gathered to discuss the damages and necessary mitigation measures.

Chief engineer (power) for transmission, planning & monitoring zone, TK Tara, briefed Tako on the current state of power systems, highlighting the localized damages to distribution networks in Itanagar, Naharlagun, Nirjuli, Banderdewa, and Doimukh areas.

Tako inquired about the status of power restoration efforts and the impact on the public. Despite sporadic but intense damages, field officers have worked tirelessly to restore power in most areas, with the exception of Banderdewa. Significant damage to a 33 kV line over the Pare river-crossing at Doimukh-Karsingsa has delayed full restoration, which is expected to be completed by July 3.

Further reports indicated power supply disruptions in Sagalee, Pakke Kessang, Kurung-Kumey, Daporijo, Aalo, Yingkiong, and Pasighat. While power has been restored in most areas, severe terrain challenges have hampered efforts in others, particularly in Yingkiong and Kurung-Kumey.

In a site visit to the critical 33/11 kV sub-station at Panchali, Tako noted man-made disruptions causing landslides and directed authorities to file an FIR for legal action against the responsible individual. He also emphasized the need for a protective system in consultation with civil engineering experts.

Tako urged the public to cooperate with the power department in maintaining the Right of Way (RoW) corridors by avoiding construction and planting vegetation that could disrupt power lines. He assured that he would seek district administration orders to enforce these measures.

In the evening, secretary (power) RK Sharma, reviewed the situation with the chief engineer, advising continuous vigilance and ensuring uninterrupted power supply during the monsoon.

The meeting underscored the commitment to addressing the challenges posed by the monsoon and maintaining essential power services across Arunachal Pradesh.