Power demand-supply gap back to haunt Uttar Pradesh
The union power ministry’s recent report on power supply positions in the country shows UP to have experienced a peak demand-supply gap of 4.1% during the first quarter of the current financial year. The gap is more than the all-India average of 0.9% and the highest in the country after two-three small states.lucknow Updated: Jul 19, 2017 16:30 IST
Uttar Pradesh, which successfully met the power demand since October-November last year, is once again grappling with a demand-supply gap.
Though not very high, the gap is more than the all-India average.
The union power ministry’s recent report on power supply positions in the country shows UP to have experienced a peak demand-supply gap of 4.1% during the first quarter of the current financial year. The gap is more than the all-India average of 0.9% and the highest in the country after two-three small states.
Even Bihar, with just 2.5% peak shortage, has been found to be in a better position than UP during quarter.
The report says the peak demand in the state between April-June was 18,827 mw against the peak availability of 18,061 mw, the shortfall being 766 mw, which is 4.1% of the total deficit during the quarter.
In the northern region, comprising nine states, only three states were found to have a demand-supply gap. Apart from UP, Delhi and Jammu and Kashmir had a peak shortage during the period. While the gap in Jammu and Kashmir was 20%, the highest in the country along with Andman and Nicobar Islands, Delhi had only a nominal deficit of 0.4%.
Uttar Pradesh’s 4.1% peak shortfall was probably the highest after Jammu and Kashmir, Andaman and Nicobar Islands and Manipur. All other major states either did not have any demand-supply gap like Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat or the gap they had was very nominal like Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu.
The peak power demand was the highest in Maharashtra at 22,542 mw between April-June but unlike UP where the demand was lower (but the second highest), the western state met almost the entire demand with the gap being as insignificant as only 48 mw.
The daily power supply position reports released by the Northern Regional Load Dispatch Centre (NRLDC) shows that UP continues to have a demand-supply gap both during peak and off-peak hours in July as well. The situation, according to them, was unlikely to improve before October when the demand starts crashing.
“There is a marked improvement in the situation in the state but having a peak power deficit of 1000-1500 everyday despite the fact we are still not providing 24x7 power to all the consumers is no doubt a challenge,” said sources.
The then government had announced enhanced power supply from October-November and the UP Power Corporation Ltd (UPPCL) was able to supply electricity as per the new roster with no demand-supply gap till April. But the problem started with the rise in mercury and demand from May.
“What the report shows is only the official position and there no account of prolonged power cuts that people are facing every day because of recurrent faults in substations, transformers, cables and the like,” the sources pointed out.