Residents of the Millennium City and neighbouring areas, already reeling under long power outages, will have to brace for darker days ahead as another thermal plant in the state has come in the red zone.
The Panipat-based 1,350MW plant has almost run out of coal and most of its units are likely to close down in a few days.
According to sources, senior officials of the Haryana Power Generation Corporation Limited (HPGCL) have rushed to Nagpur to source coal.
For the last one month, supply from Jharkhand has been hit due to water seepage in coal mines.
A number of units at thermal plants in Yamunanagar and Hisar are already in trouble, following the deficit in fuel supply.
HPGCL officials said all eight units of the Panipat plant have been running below capacity for two hours daily. They ran full capacity on Diwali only. They produce 350MW per day.
“We have run out of stock. Against the daily availability of 25,000 tonnes, we are left with only 2,000-5,000 tonnes of coal. In one chamber, imported coal has got exhausted while only 2,879 tonnes of Indian coal is left,” said an HPGCL official.
People expected power scene to become normal after the recent syncronisation of the 500MW unit of 1500MW plant at Jharli village in Jhajjar.
The national Capital received 250MW and the rest was supplied to Haryana, but the situation did not improve much.
Haryana's total power demand is around 4,400MW. There has been a shortfall of around 50 per cent as many units at the Yamunanagar and Hisar plants closed down.