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If water level continues to decline, umiam hydro will be shut down: Power Minister


Shillong: Umiam reservoir, one of the most important hydro-electric power projects in the State is in huge crisis as water level are in constant decline due to delayed of monsoon and the water level in the reservoir has receded rapidly affecting power generation.

Currently, the water level at Umiam reservoir stands at 3165 ft, recorded lowest in the history, said Minister incharge of Power department, AT Mondal while speaking to media personnel on Tuesday.

“There is a permissible limit of the water level in which we can run the unit, so if keeps on declining for another feet, we have to shut down Umiam”, said Mondal.

However, the Power Minister said as of now the government will continue with the loadshedding scenario, with Tura and Shillong restricted to 8 hours of load shedding, and some parts of the state with 10 hours.

Normalcy will return when rainy season begins, added the Power Minister.

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