Guwahati/ Agartala, December 27: The two Northeastern states Tripura and Mizoram are perfect examples of good neighbours! They have been exchanging power for for almost 25 years now, to meet the extra demand during Durga Puja and Christmas.
The festival of Durga Puja is celebrated with great pomp and show in Tripura which translates into a higher demand for electricity. Tripura ‘borrows’ electricity from it’s adjoining state, Mizoram. This year Mizoram provided Tripura with 25 MW power for seven days during the festival of Durga Puja.
Tripura is now reciprocrating by supplying 20 MW power daily for a week to meet the excess demand during Mizoram’s festive season.
And this give and take has been going on for almost 25 years now!
While Durga Puja is celebrated with much pomp and show in Tripura, which has a huge number of Bengali Hindus. People of Mizoram and a few other Northeastern states are mostly Christian and hence Christmas is the biggest festival here.
Tripura which produces more than 400 MW power from its own sources on a daily basis is the only power surplus state in the region. It supplies 160 MW power daily to Bangladesh.
Inputs from Dipankar Das