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NTPC unit trips, power crisis deepens

THE STATEWIDE power scenario deteriorated on Wednesday after a 500 MW unit of the National Thermal Power Corporation?s Singrauli powerhouse tripped, cutting down the State?s share in electricity from the Centre. A wide gap between demand and supply pushed the grid?s frequency to below the safe point.

india Updated: Apr 06, 2006 01:06 IST

THE STATEWIDE power scenario deteriorated on Wednesday after a 500 MW unit of the National Thermal Power Corporation’s Singrauli powerhouse tripped, cutting down the State’s share in electricity from the Centre.

A wide gap between demand and supply pushed the grid’s frequency to below the safe point.

To prevent grid collapse, the UP Power Corporation Ltd (UPPCL) resorted to heavy rostering to the tune of around 1700 MW throughout the State. There was hardly any power in small towns during the night. According to UPPCL sources, all cities and villages faced 3-4 hours of additional power cuts.

The State has been facing an acute power crisis for many days due to tripping of power units both in the State and the Central generating stations.

Due to the 500 MW NTPC unit at Singrauli tripping, the State’s share in import quota was reduced to 2200 MW. A senior UPPCL official said the Statewide crisis might not be over before the month-end.

Rs 5.27-cr power theft detected

THE UPPCL’s Statewide drive against power theft gained momentum with its squads detecting pilferage to the tune of Rs 5-crore in an industrial unit at Muzaffarnagar.

Following a tip-off, special squads raided Garg Castings in Muzaffarnagar under Meerut discom and found the unit indulging in massive and organised power theft. An assessment of Rs 5.27 crore was made against the factory. UPPCL Chairman AK Khurana claimed this was the biggest theft detection at any single place.

Khurana said extensive checking was conducted at cold storages in Moradabad district between March 27 and April 5. Five big cases of power theft were detected there, he added.

He said no consumer could pilfer power for so long without the connivance of the department’s officers /employees. “We will get all these cases examined and take action against the staff found guilty of abetting theft,” he warned. He said the UPPCL’s Statewide drive against power theft, launched on Energy Minister Shivpal Yadav’s directives, would continue.

First Published: Apr 06, 2006 01:06 IST