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Power in urban areas at cost of rural

ONE-HOUR power cut at commissionery headquarters in the State has been discontinued since February 28 although there has been no improvement in the power availability so where does the catch lie. All this is being done at the expense of rural consumers.

india Updated: Mar 04, 2006 16:14 IST

ONE-HOUR power cut at commissionery headquarters in the State has been discontinued since February 28 although there has been no improvement in the power availability so where does the catch lie. All this is being done at the expense of rural consumers.

To provide uninterrupted electricity to consumers at commissionery headquarters during morning hours rescheduling of rural supply has been done and three hours three-phase supply to rural areas between 12 midnight to 6 am has been discontinued and instead of this single-phase supply is being given in rural areas from 6 pm to 6 am, informed sources in the Western Region Electricity Distribution Company.

Officers of the Company maintained that all this is being done to make electricity available for the purpose of study but a closer examination will reveal that power availability has not improved at all in State so where will the power come from. Power availability in State on February 27 was 4240 against the demand of 6000 MW and power availability on February 28 was mere 4015 MW.

Besides this load shedding will continue at district, tehsil level as earlier and unscheduled power cut can be done in addition to this as per the need to maintain supply at commissionery headquarters in the morning. Between 6 am to 6 pm one-hour unscheduled power cut can be exercised at commissioneries, one-hour at district headquarters and three hours at tehsil headquarters if there is need.

Besides this between 6 pm to 12 mid-night one-hour unscheduled power cut can be done in districts, for two hours at tehsil. From 6 pm to 6 am next day rural areas will now get only single-phase power supply while earlier three-phase power supply was given to rural areas in this time period for duration of three hours. To compound the woes of rural consumers there will be total power cut in rural areas between 10 am and 6 pm. However, three-phase supply will be given for four hours district-wise between 6 am to 6 pm.

Gap between demand and availability of power has not been bridged in last few months and on February 28 morning it was 1785 MW, on February 27 this gap was 1760 MW.

According to the press release of MP State Electricity Board, Jabalpur received today at present average maximum demand of electricity in the State is about 6500 MW and against this supply of only 4500 MW is being done so the huge gap is same since many months. According to the press release this gap is 2000 MW which implies that power scenario has not improved by an inch.

The press release further said that owing to this huge gap between demand and supply of power it has become necessary to do load shedding at divisional headquarters, district headquarters, Tehsil headquarters and in rural areas.