While both units at Yamunanagar thermal power plant were already under forced outage since the past several months, the shutdown of one unit of Khedar (Hisar) power plant since the past two days, has further aggravated the ongoing power shortage in Haryana.
It may be recalled that one of the two units of Jhajjar plant has also been non-functional due to want of coal, since the past several months.
Even as the daily power shortage touched 264 lakh units in Haryana on Friday, the problems for power utilities further aggravated by temporary closure of one unit at Panipat thermal due to technical fault. Stating that while there is power availability of 1218 lakh units, sources in the power utilities said that the state overdrew 81 lakh units from northern grid at a cost of Rs.6.17 per unit on Friday.
The forced outage of two 300 MW units at Yamunanagar and one 600 MW Khedar unit because of glitches in the turbine has forced the power utilities to impose power cuts right from the beginning of summer season.
Another 660 MW thermal unit at Jhajjar too was not operating due to coal problem and one 660 MW unit of had Jhajjar tripped at 9.15 am though was later revived in afternoon. The power shortage during peak hours was more than 907 MW while power demand met was 5627 MW. The net power generations available from state’s own sources was around 1700 MW and it was getting 2111 MW from interstate generating stations and 450 MW through power exchange, sources said.
However, managing director of the Haryana Power General Corporation Ltd, Anurag Aggarwal told HT that even though three units were under shutdown because of the technical issues, he was hopeful of the Khedar plant unit resuming generation by July 10. Stating that even the technical snags in the Yamunanagar plant was likely to be rectified in a month’s time. He held that even issues pertaining to the availability of coal for Jhajjar plant had been resolved, the state was making adequate efforts for uninterrupted power supply to the consumers of the state.