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Supply drops, darkness engulfs State

THE STATE faced one of the worst power crises on Thursday. A number of districts plunged into darkness with a sudden drop in power supply in the evening hours. The power crisis was triggered by declining availability of power from the grid and low frequency problems encountered throughout the State.

india Updated: Jan 13, 2006 01:27 IST

THE STATE faced one of the worst power crises on Thursday. A number of districts plunged into darkness with a sudden drop in power supply in the evening hours. The power crisis was triggered by declining availability of power from the grid and low frequency problems encountered throughout the State.

UPPCL sources here informed that efforts were being made to lessen pressure on the grid by effecting unscheduled power cut of 2200 MW in the State. The current demand for electricity in the State is 6500 MW while the total availability in the State is being estimated at 4700 MW.

Out of the total 4700 MW electricity currently available in the State, a total of 2021 MW is being sourced from thermal power units and 172 MW from hydro-power units and another 2,574 MW from central sector is being imported by the State Government to tide over the crisis.

The severe demand-supply gap in power supply in the State is making UPPCL officials order unscheduled power cuts to lessen the pressure on the grid supplying power to the State, sources informed.

Drop in power generation at the Anpara and Obra plants had also contributed to the power crisis, sources added.

Meanwhile, Chief Minsiter Mulayam Singh Yadav on Thursday said that Uttar Pradesh would start getting sufficient power supply in the next two years.

He was talking at a meeting held on the occasion of the visit of chairman and managing director of Rural Electrification Corporation, New Delhi, Anil Kumar Lakhina, to the State Capital. The Chief Minister, during the meeting, which was attended by UPPCL chairman Anil Khurana and other senior UPPCL officials, said the rural electrification programme of the State Government would be implemented effectively.

Lakhina warned that tender of private firms would be rejected and blacklisted if they failed to complete the electrification project in the stipulated timeframe. He set January end as the deadline for electrifying 2000 villages in the State.

Lakhina said blacklisted firms would not be offered any contract for rural electrification work in other states.