State’s responsibility to ensure adequate availability of electricity, as it is no longer a luxury: Meghalaya High Court

The Meghalaya High Court (MeHC) in a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) against the rampant power cuts and arbitrary load-shedding in Meghalaya, took note of the submissions made by the State that the supply-shortage is because of the shutdown of power plant in Tripura due to technical reasons. The MeHC opined that the State can also buy power from the open grid to off-set the reduction in supply. Ironically, while the order was being dictated, the power supply to the Court was interrupted. The MeHC noted that it is the responsibility of the Meghalaya State to ensure adequate availability of electricity in the State.