WITH THE gap between the demand and supply of power surpassing the 2000 MW mark during peak hours, urban areas, excluding Bhopal, witnessed frequent unscheduled power cuts on Saturday. Against the unrestricted peak demand of 6900 MW, the MPSEB even after buying power has mustered some 4950 MW.
However, MPSEB officials here disagree that the shortfall has touched 2000 mw, adding that it is just 1000 mw in the peak hours. They said the power cuts were exceeding schedule hours in urban areas to provide power to the farmers for the Rabi crops, as per the Government directive. MPSEB secretary PK Vaishya said the shortage has also compounded due to some technical snags in central sector thermal units.
He said that MPSEB is getting some 1500 MW from the central sector, instead of 1700 MW. Also, the State is getting less amount of power from Sardar Sarovar Project.
Vaishya, however, said that the situation would improve with in a day or two. According to MPSEB sources, against the peak demand of 6900 MW, the electricity board was having only around 4850 mw.
The MPSEB thermal power stations are generating nearly 1850 MW, hydel stations some 700 MW, around 600 MW is being received from the Indira Sagar project, 1550 MW from Central sector and 150 MW through purchases, they said.