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Power crisis in State

THE MP State Electricity Board (MPSEB) today resorted to unscheduled power cuts for one hour in urban areas including the divisional headquarters excluding Bhopal. (This was an official version but power cuts in many parts of the State were actually of much longer duration).

india Updated: Apr 07, 2006 12:19 IST

THE MP State Electricity Board (MPSEB) today resorted to unscheduled power cuts for one hour in urban areas including the divisional headquarters excluding Bhopal. (This was an official version but power cuts in many parts of the State were actually of much longer duration).

The State is short of some 1350 Mega Watt (MW) during the evening (peak) hours. The MPSEB was having, in all, 3900-mw electricity at its disposal against the peak demand of 5250 mw at the moment.

Currently, the MPSEB thermal power stations were generating 1950 mw and it was getting nearly 1075 mw from the Central Sector quota. Its hydel power stations including the joint venture (Centre-State) Indira Sagar Project were generating the rest 875 mw during the peak hours.

An official of MPSEB here said they were supplying three-phase electricity to the entire MP except in rural areas where the three-phase electricity supply is done for around six and a half hours. (Here again, the actual durations of load shedding in the rural areas were much longer that what the MPSEB stated).

The officials said that load shedding is observed for four hours in the district headquarters, similarly power cuts is done for seven hours in the tehsil headquarters and 14 hours in rural areas. In rural areas of MP, electricity is supplied for six and a half hours on three phase and three and a half hours on single phase.