Daily electricity consumption in the Simhastha mela area is less than half of what the discom officials earlier predicted, easing some of the financial burden on the state government.
The government promised the round-the-clock electricity supply to the mela area for free during the month-long religious fair, which ends on May 21.
Data compiled by the government-run MP West Zone Electricity Distribution Co Ltd (west discom), which supplies electricity to Indore and Ujjain divisions, shows that daily peak electricity demand in Ujjain has not exceeded 102 megawatts (MW), which includes 42 MW supply to the mela area and 60 MW to the rest of the city.
West discom had projected 200 MW of daily consumption by Ujjain city during Simhastha, of which the mela area was expected to consume 100 MW alone.
A week before the fair started on April 22, Ujjain city’s demand was 52 MW a day, while 26 MW was supplied to the mela area. After the kumbh began, the mela area’s demand rose by 16 MW to 42 MW and the city’s demand increased by 8 MW to 60 MW.
“Now that demand has not peaked beyond 50 MW a day in mela area, the government is bearing electricity cost of Rs 2 crore per day which will roughly come to `60 crore when the fair ends,” a west discom official said requesting anonymity.
Government officials in charge of Simhastha have attributed the low electricity demand to the fewer number of temporary electricity connections in the mela area.
The discom had expected a demand of 6,000 connections, but only about 4,500 temporary connections were sought in the mela area.
In the run-up to Simhastha, the government had sanctioned 47 electricity works worth Rs 110 crore for the mela area, which included capacity augmentation of four extra-high voltage substations, 26 distribution substations, erection of 2,200 high tension electricity poles, 8,100 low-tension electricity poles, 78-km long 11KV lines and 520 transformers.