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Assam CM plans to follow ‘Gujarat model’ in power sector

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Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma has said that his government will replicate the ‘Gujarat model’ to turn the state’s three power companies into profitable entities. The three companies include Assam Power Distribution Company Limited (APDCL), Assam Power Generation Corporation Limited (APGCL) and Assam Electricity Grid Corporation Limited (AEGCL).

A delegation from the northeastern state comprising of officials of the power department and minister Bimal Bora will visit Gujarat to understand its best practices.

Meeting with Saurabh Patel

The Assam CM had a virtual meeting with officials of the Gujarat Urja Vikas Nigam Limited and state energy minister Saurabh Patel on Tuesday. Notably, it was Patel who had asked Sarma to send a delegation to understand the steps taken by Gujarat for the development of the power sector.

Patel during the virtual meeting gave an overview of the energy sector in Gujarat and the developmental steps taken by the state government since the time when Prime Minister Narendra Modi was the state’s chief minister.

Not profitable

The Assam chief minister had held a meeting with the officials of the three power companies on Monday. Sarma has said that despite the multiple steps taken so far, the three power companies in Assam have so far not turned profitable.

Himanta Biswa Sarma had expressed his concern over the fall in revenue collection and consequent loss, urging the power companies to work on strategies to plug the reasons responsible for revenue loss.

 

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