The power supply hours are gradually shrinking in the state with people facing massive rostering even in the festive month even as the UP Electricity Regulatory Commission (UPERC) is going to increase power tariff by the weekend.
People both in villages and cities are getting less electricity now than what they did in March. Probably, the only exceptions are the VIP districts where the average monthly supply has gone up.
Details on district-wise power supply made available by the UP Power Corporation Ltd to the regulator reveal that average supply hours have decreased in the state over the last six months.
Against 11.44 hours average supply the UPPCL supplied to villages and 19.32 hours it provided to cities in March, the supply hours came down to 7.15 hours and 16.53 hours for rural and urban areas respectively in August.
“This means that average power supply hours got reduced by around 4 and 3 hours for rural and urban consumers respectively between March and August,” said an official.
However, people of VIP districts like Mainpuri, Etawah, Kannauj, Rampur and Rae Bareli etc have been fortunate as their supply hours have only increased. For example, Mainpuri’s rural and urban areas got an average power supply for 16.14 and 22.4 hours in March.
These supply hours there increased to 20.19 and 22,28 hours respectively in August, Same for Etawah where rural and urban supply hours increased from 17.15 and 21.23 to 20.40 and 22.45 during the same period. So is the case with Kannauj where rural and urban areas got an average power for 15.53 hours and 21.46 hours in March and this increased to 21.37 to 22.57 hours in August.
The UPPCL in its report to the UPERC has, however, not admitted to its treating any district as VIP for the purpose of power distribution.
Sources said that supply hours for consumers had shrunken because the UPPCL was not able to procure enough power from various sources either because of lack of funds or because the power itself was not available in the market.
“Earlier, we used to overdraw power from the grid to meet the requirement but now we are avoiding that since the grid collapsed last and the central agencies started keeping a watch on us,” a UPPCL official explained.
He said against 48275.821 million units of power that the corporation sold in March this year, it could sell only 17433.852 million units in July, which was around 30,000 million units less.