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Power situation may get better in 2nd half of June

Power shortages in the northern states are expected to continue for another one month but the situation is likely to improve by mid-June.

india Updated: May 02, 2006 15:33 IST

Power shortages in the northern states, including the national capital, are expected to continue for another one month but the situation is likely to improve by the middle of June with at least three hydro power projects getting ready for generation.

The 1,000 MW Tehri hydroelectric power project and the 400 MW Vishnuprayag hydel project in Uttaranchal as well as the 1020 MW Tala hydro plant in Bhutan were scheduled to start generation either by the end of this month or first half of June, government officials said.

The much-delayed 126 MW Larji hydro project in Himachal Pradesh was also expected to be commissioned in June, they said, adding power supply situation in the northern region would be better with the commissioning of these plants.

Further, one 500 MW unit each at Rihand and Singrauli, which have been shut down for maintenance, would restart in the next couple of weeks, thereby increasing the supply.

The region, comprising Jammu and Kashmir, Delhi, Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh, Uttaranchal, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh, is facing a shortage of about 2,500-3,000 MW in off-peak and between 4,000-5,000 MW during peak hours.

The NRLDC has been meeting about 22,000 MW of requirement during peak hours as against a demand of over 26,000 MW.

Officials in the Northern Region Load Dispatch Centre, which manages the northern grid, say the crisis situation in the past few days emerged as demand surged in summer and state electricity boards started overdrawing from the grid.

The 4x250 MW Tehri project is being set up by Tehri Hydro Development Corporation, the 4x100 MW Vishnuprayag plant by Jaiprakash Associates, the 3x42 MW Larji plant by Himachal Pradesh State Electricity Board and the Tala project by a joint venture of India and Bhutan.

First Published: May 02, 2006 15:19 IST