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Power conservation mantra: Don?t supply it!

SAVE ENERGY for the benefit of self and the nation, the new slogan coined by the UP Rajya Vidyut Utpadan Nigam Ltd (UPRVUNL) is being followed by it in letter and spirit.

india Updated: Mar 31, 2006 00:43 IST

SAVE ENERGY for the benefit of self and the nation, the new slogan coined by the UP Rajya Vidyut Utpadan Nigam Ltd (UPRVUNL) is being followed by it in letter and spirit.

The way it ‘conserves’ energy is indeed ‘laudable’. As many of its power units remain closed at any given day and time, it automatically saves electricity by not supplying it.

Of course, the Utpadan Nigam may not be doing it deliberately, but the truth is that recurrent defects in its power units have led to a sort of forced energy conservation with the people reeling under power cuts all over the State.

For example, half a dozen thermal generation machines of the Utpadan Nigam with total capacity of around 1,000 MW are out of order these days.

And all of them tripped within a week, one after another. Thus, a 210 MW unit of Anpara thermal powerhouse has been closed since March 26 and so has been a 105 MW machine of Harduaganj powerhouse.

A 110 MW of machine of Parichha powerhouse tripped on March 23. Worse is the situation at the Obra where three units of 94 MW, 200 MW and another also of 200 MW went out of order on March 26, March 19 and March 27, respectively.

A 500 MW machine of Anpara powerhouse started generating power only on Sunday after being out of order for around a week.

Significantly, the No 2 unit of 210 MW of Anpara powerhouse, that tripped on March 26 had been out in January also when its transformer was burnt.

The Uttar Pradesh Power Corporation Limited management got the transformer repaired after replacing its parts with expensive ones got from Vadodara. But the same transformer again burnt on Sunday.

Not only are the Utpadan Nigam’s power units go on tripping every now and then but their plant load factor (PLF) is also far below the national average. Union power secretary, RV Shahi, had in its letter to the chief secretary recently, deplored the low PLF of powerhouses.

He attributed much of the power shortage in the State to delay in modernising and overhauling its existing power-houses and not setting the new ones.

May be Shahi is not aware that it could be Utpadan Nigam’s ploy to conserve
energy. After all, the Central Electricity Act 2003 lays a lot of stress on energy conservation.

First Published: Mar 31, 2006 00:43 IST