» Power (Electricity) Department

Mandate of the Department

» The Department of Power (Electricity), Government of Assam is primarily responsible for providing adequate and quality power to the people of the State. To achieve this objective, the Department formulates policies and programmes and monitors implementation thereof to achieve the objective of providing power to the state. The Department provides a legal and policy framework for smooth functioning of the delivery system and coordinated development of the power sector in the state.
» The Department of Power (Electricity) is under the overall incharge of the Minister
for Power, Government of Assam. Principal Secretary/Commissioner & Secretary is the administrative head of the Department. He is assisted by Joint Secretaries, Deputy Secretaries, Under Secretaries and ministerial staff in discharging the functions of the Department.
» The Department carries out its responsibility in the field through the Assam State Electricity Board and its successor companies i.e., Assam Power Generation Co. Ltd., Assam Electricity Grid Corporation Ltd., Upper Assam Electricity Distribution Co. Ltd., Lower Assam Electricity Distribution Co. Ltd. and Central Assam Electricity Distribution Co. Ltd.
» The power safety and power conservation measures are implemented through Directorate of Electricity headed by Chief Electrical Inspector -cum- Adviser to the State Government.
» To regulate the power generation, transmission and distribution as per the provisions of the Electricity Act, 2003, Assam Electricity Regulatory Commission has been constituted which carries out its functions as envisaged in the Act.

Activities of the Department

The Department is undertaking the following activities/programmes to ensure adequate and quality power to the people in the State:
» Generation:

The peak demand of the State varies from 720 MW to 780 MW. Out of this only 130 MW to 150 MW of power is being generated from its own power stations. Around 400 MW power is being imported from Central Sector Generating Stations in North Eastern Region and remaining from other sources like private producers, Power Trading Agencies etc. There is a shortfall of about 100-150 MW during peak demand.

To boost up own generation, thrust has been given on the implementation of new projects in the State. The 100 MW Karbi Langpi Hydro Electric Project has been taken up. To replace the old Namrup Thermal Power Station, preparation of the detailed project report has been assigned to NTPC. Contruction of 37 MW Lakwa Waste Heat Recovery Project has been entrusted to BHEL. Further, on the initiative of the State Government, NTPC has taken up a 750 MW Power Project at BTPS complex, Bongaigaon, which will be based on Assam Coal. The Department is also exploring the possibility of harnessing mini and small hydro electric power in the State. Site preparation work of 6 MW Lungnit Mini Hydro Electric Project has been taken up.

» Transmission:
During 2005-06, many system improvement schemes such as construction of new 132 KV Sub-Stations, augmentation of transformation capacity of existing sub-addition of new EHV transmission lines were taken up for evacuation, transmission of electricity. The state has an extensive Transmission & Distribution network. 220 KV is the highest transmission voltage adopted by ASEB and it has 1385 of grid lines in this category.
To improve the quality of power supply to the consumers of the State, importance hes been given to the completion of the major transmission projects with funds available from the Govt. of India under Non Lapsable Central Pool of Resources (NLCPR) specially for the North Eastern States of the country. The following transmission schemes are currently under implementation.
  » 220 KV D/C Kathalguri- Tinsukia line (24.6 km).
  » Construction of 220 / 132 KV, 2x50 MVA Sub-station at Tinsukia.
  » Construction of 220/132 KV, 1x50 MVA Sub-station at Balipara.
  » Augmentation of 220/132 KV Sub-station at Mariani from 2x50 MVA to 2x100 MVA.
  » Augmentation of 220/132 KV Sub-station at Sarusajai from 2x50 MVA to 2x100 MVA.
  » Installation of 132/33 KV, 2x31.5 MVA Transformers at Sarusajai.
  » Renovation of 220 KV BTPS-AGIA-Sarusajai D/C line.

A major revamping of the transmission system in the state is expected with an investment of funds from the Asian Development Bank to the tune of US $ 100 million which is a constituent of the total sanctioned ADB loan amount of US $ 50 million for the Assam Power Sector Development Programme.

Construction of 470 Km new 33 KV line and 1040 Km new 11 Kv line, construction of 48 nos. of new 33/11 KV sub-stations augmentation and up-gradation of 120 nos. of 33/11 KV sub-stations, installation of 2400 nos. of new distribution sub-stations, 100% consumer metering and replacement of defective meters by electronic meters, complete energy auditing, computerization of consumer billing, etc are taken up covering all the 14 Electrical Circles of the State.

Rural Electrification (RE) :

» Rural Electrification is a key ingredient for facilitating rural economic development including alleviation of poverty, realization of socio-economic goals and overall human development. Today, electricity is recognized as a basic need for realizing the objective of sustainable human development. The Govt. of India has notified Rural Electrification as a priority development program, with a goal to attain electrification of all households by the year 2012.
In Assam as per census 2001, only 70% villages are electrified and only 16.5% rural households are electrified. The Govt. of Assam has been implementing rural electrification programme in Assam through Distribution Companies.
With a view to achieve electrification of all villages of Assam and provide access to electricity to all households in line with the National Rural Electrification Policy 2004 & Rural Electrification Policy of Govt. of Assam, Rural Electrification works particularly under Rajiv Gandhi Gramin Vidyutikaran Yojana (RGGVY) scheme have been carried out. Under this scheme all the census villages of Assam are proposed to be electrified by 2009. Electrification in 16 districts to be implemented by ASEB and in 7 districts by the Power Grid Corporation of India. District wise schemes for electrification of villages have been submitted to the Govt. of India and approval for 13 districts has already been received.

Ministry of New and Renewable Resource of Energy Programme (MNRE):

» There are 2145 remote villages in the state which cannot be electrified through grid. These villages have been taken up under MNRE programme for electrification through the means of non conventional source of energy. ASEB, AEDA and the Forest Department will implement the programme. Village wise projects are under preparation in these agencies as per the guidelines of the Ministry of New and Renewable Sources of Energy, Govt. of India.

Policy and programme formulation:
» The department formulates policy and programmes for:
» development of power sector in the State,
» reforms in the power sector to improve the delivery system,
  » development of human resources,
  » coordination with different agencies for funding the projects of the power sector,
  » providing legal framework for smooth functioning of the power sector in the State.

Coordination :
» The department is the coordinating authority with the Central Government, Central power utilities and Central power agencies like CEA, CERC, REC etc.

Miscellaneous :
» The department deals with other matters relating to:
  » Parliamentary affairs including replies to Assembly and Parliament questions.
  » Accountant and Auditor General Assam
  » Plan & Non-Plan approval of schemes and release of fund
  » Training Workshop and Seminars
  » Establishment matter of the Department

Acts and rules of the Department

The following rules are administered by the department:

» Assam Rules of Executive Business, 1968 (amended upto 31st March, 2006)
» Assam Electrical Energy (Regulation & Supply)
» Manual of Office Procedure, Secretariat, 1981
» Assam Fundamental Rules and Subsidiary Rules
» Assam Financial Rules
» Financial Responsibility and Budget Management Act,2005
» Delegation of Financial Power Rules, 1999
» Assam Contingency Manual
» Assam Services Pension Rules 1969
» Assam Services (Discipline and Appeal) Rules, 1964
» Assam S.C & S.T (Reservation of vacancies and post) Act & Rules 1978
» Assam Preferential Stores Purchase Act, 1989
» Assam Electrical Licensing Board Regulation 1992.
» Electricity Act 2003
» Right to Information Act, 2005
» Assam Electricity Regulatory Commission Fund Rules, 2005
» Assam Electricity Regulatory Commission (Chairperson and Member) Rules 2001
» Assam Lifts and Escalators Act 2006.
» The Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business of Assam Legislative Assembly


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