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Centre warns States against overdrawing

Amid acute shortage of electricity, the Centre today told all north Indian States not to overdraw power from the northern grid and proposed to impose penalty on those who withdraw power beyond their entitled quotas. "We have discussed the power scenario in the northern region and all the states have agreed to maintain the grid code and not to overdraw power.

india Updated: May 07, 2006 01:46 IST
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Amid acute shortage of electricity, the Centre today told all north Indian States not to overdraw power from the northern grid and proposed to impose penalty on those who withdraw power beyond their entitled quotas.

"We have discussed the power scenario in the northern region and all the states have agreed to maintain the grid code and not to overdraw power. The situation is slowly improving, but the demand-supply mismatch still continues," Power Secretary R V Shahi told reporters after a two-hour long meeting with the chief secretaries, secretaries and principal energy secretaries of the northern states.

"We have started getting 1600 MW from the Sutlej Jal Vidyut Nigam in HP, which has relieved the situation quite a bit, but the States are required not to overdraw power than their entitled quota," he said.

Elaborating on the setting up of a deterrent to discourage States to overdraw from the grid, Shahi said all the states had proposed that the charge of Rs 5.70 per unit be enhanced.

He said Centre would be taking the proposal to Central Electricity Regulatory Commission and Central Electricity Authority for a final decision.

Shahi said the efforts taken in the previous months had begun to show results and the grid frequency was now at 35 Hertz that was slightly better though it should be maintained at 48.5-49 Hz as prescribed by the regulator.

He said situation would further improve with 1600MW from Naphtha Jakhri, 250 MW of wind energy in Rajasthan and commissioning of Tehri Hydro Power Project by the end of the month.

The states have also postponed the maintenance of some of the plants to meet the demand in May. "Although it is not desirable to postpone the maintenance as it affects the health of the plant, but due to the demand- supply mismatch, this decision has been taken," Shahi said.

To solve the crisis, the shops in UP had been asked to shut down by 7.00 pm, Shahi said. In Delhi too, an advisory has been given to the shops to wind up by 7.30 pm. However, Shahi did not favour for any law to control usage of electricity.

He appealed for judicious use of power especially during the peak hours.
Meanwhile, bowing to pressure from traders and industrialists, Delhi Government withdrew its decision to resort to loadshedding in commercial places.