Power cuts make people sweat
SOARING MERCURY, hovering around 40 degree Celsius these days, along with frequent power cuts during the last two days has compounded the problems of the citizens who had not made any alternate arrangements to deal with the power cuts as they were caught unaware.india Updated: Apr 12, 2006 14:20 IST
SOARING MERCURY, hovering around 40 degree Celsius these days, along with frequent power cuts during the last two days has compounded the problems of the citizens who had not made any alternate arrangements to deal with the power cuts as they were caught unaware.
Power cuts were exercised in City more than 15 times yesterday between 1.45 pm and 8.30 pm and twice today, once in the morning and then in the evening.
Customers of State Bank of India, which opened after a weeklong strike yesterday and students engaged in studies were put to lot of inconvenience.
Talking to Hindustan Times a senior officer said on condition of anonymity that yesterday the system tripped 15 times due to under frequency of current in the system. He said that in case power is not cut when the frequency is low then there is likelihood of failure of the Western Grid, which could lead to power failure in states of Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Goa, Chhattisgarh and Gujarat and added that now grid code is being strictly enforced to prevent failure of the Western Grid and the unscheduled power cut is being done in the State to prevent failure of Western Grid.
However, facts are more fascinating than fiction as demand of power has not increased in the State in the last one-month, in fact it has dropped from 6,000 MW to 5,300 MW during this period but the Board has had to resort to power cuts primarily due to reduced power availability during this period.
According to an officer at the helm of affairs in the MPSEB, power availability has reduced from 4,900 MW to 3,900 MW in last one-month.
The reason being dramatic decline in hydel generation brought about by the receding water level in dams including Indira Sagar whose power generation has reduced from 1,000 MW to 600 MW, said the official. The officer maintained that the situation is likely to improve by tomorrow, as Atomic Energy plant at Tarapur that was not operational for the last four days will start contributing 540 MW from today evening.
He informed that frequency of the system is directly proportional to generation of power in the system and the problem was compounded since there was dramatic decline in power generation from Farakka plant. He further said that although this plant does not contribute much power to State, however, once it becomes operational frequency of the system would improve which would reduce the chances of tripping of the system.
Sources in MP Western Region Electricity Distribution Company informed that for every day of the week districts have been divided into groups, where power would trip automatically to prevent grid failure. On Mondays the system would trip in Indore along with three other districts and on Tuesdays, the system would trip in Ujjain and six other districts in case of drop in frequency.