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No power pangs in Chandigarh this summer

Power ministry enhances quota, will help meet daily demand of 400MW

punjab Updated: May 22, 2018 10:42 IST
Hillary Victor 
Hillary Victor 
Hindutsan Times, Chandigarh
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To meet the surging power demand of the city during summers, the Centre has enhanced the unallocated power quota from 10% to 14%, which means the city will be getting extra 40 megawatt (MW) per day.

With this extra quota, the city will not witness power cuts, instead for maintenance, till October this year.

There are nearly 2.1 lakh consumers in different categories, of whom 1.75 lakh fall in domestic category.The average load of power in Chandigarh is about 150 MW per day, that reaches 400MW during the peak summer season between April and August.

The city does not have its own power plant and purchases power from central generating stations such as the Nuclear Power Corporation of India Limited, National Thermal Power Corporation Limited, Bhakra Beas Management Board, National Hydroelectric Power Corporation and the Satluj Jal Vidyut Nigam.

Power allocation from each station is fixed for a year, while the deficit is met through unallocated quota and short-term power purchase.

At present, the city is getting 260 MW power from central generating stations. With the power ministry enchaining the unallocated quota from 100 MW to 140 MW, the daily power supply will be 400 MW till October this year.

UT superintending engineer MP Singh said at present the demand is 350 MW daily. The additional 40 MW will help the department meet the increase in demand. “Now, we have sufficient power supply,” he said.

Power demand has steadily risen in the past few years and the non-availability of additional supplies has pushed the peak hour deficit.

According to the official data, the department is facing peak hour power shortage of around 130MW in 2018-19. The projected annual average peak demand is 496, while available power is 366 MW.Peak hour is a period in which the consumer demand is highest. The gap between the projected peak power and available power is maximum during summers.

But residents to pay more

However, residents will have to shell out more for power as the electricity department has written to the Joint Electricity Commission (JERC) for increasing fuel and power purchase cost adjustment (FPPCA) charge.

This is the difference of actual cost of power purchase per unit and approved cost per unit.

The JERC is expected to give the nod within a week.

The department has calculated FPPCA charge from January to March ranging from 40 paisa to ₹5 per unit in slabs of different categories. The charge is levied on all category of consumers, except agriculture.

The enhanced charges will come as a double whammy for residents as these will be clubbed with the increased power tariff that came into force from April 1.

First Published: May 22, 2018 10:40 IST