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Orissa announces end to powercuts

india Updated: May 10, 2010 17:45 IST

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The Orissa government announced an end to powercuts from Monday as there was sufficient water in reservoirs in the state and hope of arrival of monsoon by early July.

"There will be no powercut and no restriction on industrial use of electricity from today," Energy Minister Atanu S Nayak told reporters here.

Powercuts were imposed since April 5 due to shortage of electricity, which had affected both domestic consumers and commercial users.

The state had arranged for 2725 MW against its average requirement of 2650 MW, he said.

Power generation from the hydro sector had increased to 800 MW. It was also getting 400 MW from captive power plants, Nayak said. The state also received 725 MW as its share from the central pool.

To a question, the minister said disturbance of power supply in certain areas could not be avoided due to weak grids and technical reasons.

The state government which was purchasing electricity from CPPs at a high price, blamed the Centre for additional financial burden on the Grid Corporation of Orissa, the bulk power supplier to different distributors.

"Had the Centre given the state's share of 500 MW from NTPC's Kanhia unit, there would have been no shortage of electricity or financial burden on Gridco," Nayak said.