Friday, June 01, 2007

Rural electrification: Shinde assures Sikkim CM

NAMCHI (SOUTH SIKKIM), MAY 31: Union power minister Sushil Kumar Shinde on Wednesday assured Sikkim chief minister Pawan Chamling of necessary help from the Centre for implementing rural electrification projects.

Shinde, who was on a brief visit to Namchi on Wednesday to monitor the progress of the work for installing 132KVA transmission line to be connected with the national grid, told Chamling that the Centre would release funds to set up hydro and non-conventional power projects in the state.

He said the National Hydroelectric Power Corp should expedite its work to finish the 495mw Teesta Stage-4 project. The 510mw Teesta Stage-5 project should also be completed by 2007, Shinde added.

Shinde inaugurated the Binaguri power substation, which is connected with the Tala Hydro Project in Bhutan and the Teesta-5 Hydro Project in Sikkim, in Siliguri.