More than 20 days after the northern grid failed twice, the state’s industries will again start getting round the clock electricity from Wednesday even as the UP Power Corporation Ltd (UPPCL) on Tuesday claimed that the grid would have collapsed again on Monday but for the timely action by its officials.
With an improvement in the state’s own thermal generation and demand accepted to come down because of fall in temperature, the UPPCL has decided to revise the schedule increasing supply hours for consumers of various categories.
While it is yet to fix the supply hours for other categories, the corporation has decided to supply 24 hours power to the industries with independent feeders from Wednesday itself. The industries had been getting electricity for only 16 hours since the grid failed back to back on July 31 and August 1.
“We were not able to provide adequate power to industries because, despite shortage, our priority was to supply more power to Muslim dominated cities during the month of Ramadan,” a senior UPPLC official said adding, “We may increase supply hours for villages and cities as well, now that state’s own generation has also returned to normal at around 2500 MW-- 1000 MW up from what it had been for over a month.”
On the other hand, the northern grid once again faced a serious danger of collapsing on Monday morning when the grid frequency dipped below the danger mark after the Himachal Pradesh situated Central sector’s three hydro plants totaling 3000 MW suddenly stopped functioning.
“The sudden outage of 3000 MW load brought the grid frequency down 48.8 hertz bringing the grid on the brink of failure,” UPPCL chairman and principal secretary, energy, AK Gupta said.
“Our officials immediately alerted the Northern Regional Load Dispatch Centre (NRLDC) and themselves took precautionary measures by cutting supply to Varanasi, Allahabad and Agra to ease pressure on the grid,” he added.