Uttar Pradesh: Power crisis hits small towns, villages most
Energy minister Shrikant Sharma said the crisis might not end before July 21, though he added that all efforts were being made to normalise the power supply at the earliest.lucknow Updated: Jul 20, 2017 15:59 IST
The fresh power crisis that began on Tuesday continued to prevail on Wednesday, hitting villages and smaller towns the most.
Energy minister Shrikant Sharma said the crisis might not end before July 21, though he added that all efforts were being made to normalise the power supply at the earliest. “The situation may improve after July 21,” he said.
The demand-supply gap was more than 3,000 MW on Wednesday, forcing the UP Power Corporation Ltd (UPPCL) to resort to massive powers cuts in villages and small towns while two-three hours load shedding was done in district headquarters as well.
“The demand was as high as 18500 MW-1900 MW while the total availability of power from all the sources, including the energy exchange, was not more than 15000 MW, leaving a shortfall of more than 3000 MW,” said sources.
The crisis started after UP’s share in thermal generation dipped by 500 MW due to silt entering the plants at Naptha Jhakri and Karcham Wangtoo. It suffered a loss of another 1500 MW power after the PGCIL’s Champa-Kurukshetra transmission line tripped. The UPPCL gets power from the western grid through this line.
“Some of the state’s thermal plants too have shut down for one reason or the other. “ Anpara’s 500 MW unit and Bara’s two units of 600 MW each are not functioning while Baja’s Lalitpur plant is not running on its full capacity,” said sources.
CENTRE REQUESTED TO MAKE ALTERNATIVE POWER CORRIDOR AVAILABLE TO UP
In the meantime, UPPCL chairman cum principal secretary, energy, Alok Kumar and managing director, Vishal Chauhan visited the state load dispatch centre (power control centre) in Gomti Nagar here to review the prevailing electricity scene.
They called up the PGCIL officials and also additional secretary, power, Shalini Prasad in the union power ministry in Delhi, requesting them to make an alternative power corridor available to UP to draw electricity from the western corridor till the Champa-Kurikshetra transmission line was fixed.
They also asked the SLDC officials to see to it that discrimination was not made between cities and villages while ordering rostering which , they said, should be done for a fixed time and not in a piecemeal manner.