The closure of one unit of Khedar (Hisar) power plant for the past two days has further aggravated the ongoing power shortage in Haryana, especially when both units at Yamunanagar thermal power plant were already under forced outage for the past several months.
It may be recalled that one of the two units of Jhajjar plant was also non-functional for want of coal for the past several months.
Even as the daily power shortage touched 264-lakh units in Haryana on Friday, the problems for power utilities further aggravated with the temporary closure of one unit at Panipat thermal plant due to technical fault. Stating that there was power availability of 1,218-lakh units, sources in the power utilities said that the state on Friday overdrew 81-lakh units from northern grid at a cost of Rs 6.17 per unit.
The forced outage of two 300-MW units at Yamunanagar and one 600-MW Khedar unit because of glitches in the turbine has forced the power utilities to impose power cuts right from the beginning of summer season.
Another 660-MW thermal unit at Jhajjar too was not operating for want of coal and another of the same capacity tripped at 9.15 am though was later revived. The power shortage during peak hours was more than 907 MW, while 5,627-MW of power demand was met. The net power generation available from state's own resources was around 1,700 MW and it was getting 2,111 MW from interstate generating stations and 450 MW through power exchange, sources said.
However, managing director of the Haryana Power General Corporation Ltd Anurag aggarwal told HT that even though three units were shut because of the technical issues, he was hopeful that Khedar unit would resume generation by July 10. He said that the technical snags in the Yamunanagar plant was likely to be rectified in a month's time. Claiming that the government was making adequate efforts to ensure uninterrupted power supply to the consumers of the state, he held that even issues pertaining to the availability of coal for Jhajjar plant had been resolved.