As part of a slew of measures the Assam government is taking to reverse the sluggish growth of the COVID-19-hit state’s economy, Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal on May 8 made an open invitation to companies to set up their business ventures in Assam saying that the state has a power surplus of 350 MW to cater to their electricity need.

Chairing a meeting to assess the impact of COVID-19 on Assam Power Distribution Company Limited (APDCL), Assam Power Generation Corporation Limited (APGCL) and Assam Electricity Grid Corporation Limited (AEGCL), Sonowal said though the state has been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic, the unrelenting endeavour of the government’s power companies has yielded into a power surplus of 350 MW.

The chief minister invited companies to invest in Assam and set up their units to explore the business-friendly ambience including availability of energy. He hailed the role of every personnel of Power department and the power companies in maintaining their high standard of professionalism and providing uninterrupted supply to the state.

Sonowal said, “When the COVID-19 pandemic has hit the state hard with its cascading effect on the life and livelihood of the people, any lapse on the part of Power department would have relegated the state government’s astute management of the viral infection.”

He asked the functionaries of the department to sustain their good performance in the coming days and lift the morale of all staff working at far flung areas of the state.

Sonowal took stock of the progress of ongoing power projects like 120 MW Lower Kopili Hydro Electric Project, 70 MW Amguri Solar Power Project, 20 MW Namrup Solar Power Project, 100 MW Namrup Replacement Power Project.

He also took stock of the issues palpably coming in the way in expeditious completion of the projects and asked the concerned functionaries to redress the issues.

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