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SCORCHER SUNDAY

HEAT WAVES continued to torment the State on Sunday though the maximum temperature dipped minimally. People will not get respite from the heat waves at least for another two days.

india Updated: May 08, 2006 13:53 IST

HEAT WAVES continued to torment the State on Sunday though the maximum temperature dipped minimally. People will not get respite from the heat waves at least for another two days.

And in this scorcher of a summer the MPSEB on Sunday added to the people’s woes by resorting to unscheduled power cuts in the State, except Bhopal. The State is running short of 1300 mega watt (MW) during peak demand and 800 MW during off-peak hours.

This is despite dip in agriculture load during peak hours. Against the peak demand of 5000 MW, the MPSEB is having 3700 MW. It has a supply capacity of 3200 MW against the off-peak demand of 4000 MW.

Barring Bhopal, all major cities including Indore, Gwalior, Ujjain, Jabalpur witnessed unscheduled power cuts of half an hour or an hour. The MPSEB went for 15-hour load-shedding in rural areas, 8 hours in tehsil headquarters and 3 to 4 hours in the district headquarters.

While Sheopur Kalan recorded the highest day temperature in the State at 47 degrees Celsius during last 24 hours, it was 46 degrees each in northern districts of Gwalior and Khajuraho.

In most parts of the State temperatures stood three to five degrees above normal of the season. Even the night temperatures have started rising. In fact the North and Northwest India is reeling under heat waves.

Sagar, Gwalior, Chambal, Rewa, Jabalpur, Bhopal and Hoshangabad divisions sizzled in dry and piercing heat in the last 24 hours. Dry and hot spells would break loose on the State in the next 24 hours too, the Meteorological Department office said.

Though May happens to be the hottest month of the season, the soaring temperature in the first week of May has people worried about their fate in the second half of the month.

Director of the Regional Meteorological Centre Dr D P Dubey has no comforting news. Seeing no possibility of respite in heat wave conditions, he said day temperatures might shoot up partially in the next 48 hours.

On the power front, MPSEB thermal power stations were generating 1750 MW while its hydel stations 700 MW and 200 MW during peak and off-peak hours. The State got 1250 MW power under the Central share.

The MPSEB thermal and hydel power generation has dipped slightly as one of its 210-MW units of Sanjay Gandhi Thermal Power Station at Birsinghpur in Umaria has tripped, and the two units of Totladoh Hydel Power Station, Pench in Seoni, with an installed capacity of 160 MW, are under maintenance. From Totladoh hydel station, MP gets a share of 100 MW, while 60 MW is transmitted to Maharashtra.

Overdraw banned
To make things worse for MP, the Central Electricity Regulatory Commission has shot letters to all the electricity boards in country, warning them to refrain from overdrawing power from their respective grids when the frequency wasn’t good.

The MPSEB, like others SEBs, is finding its hand tied to overdraw power even during the crisis. Also, the frequency of the West Region Grid, Mumbai, transmitting power to MP, Chhattisgarh, Maharashtra, Gujarat and Rajasthan and some union territories, isn’t remaining good, that is 49.5 to 50 Hertz (Hz) for the better part of the day.

First Published: May 08, 2006 13:53 IST