CM order brings no end to power crisis in Jharkhand
Chief minister Raghubar Das may have instructed the Damodar Valley Corporation (DVC) to ensure no power crisis, but there seems to be no change in the ground situation.ranchi Updated: Feb 01, 2015 15:21 IST
Chief minister Raghubar Das may have instructed the Damodar Valley Corporation (DVC) to ensure no power crisis, but there seems to be no change in the ground situation.
The power shortage is all the more ironic given that coal from the mineral-rich state feeds several thermal power plants in the country.
Experts blame the ill-maintained state-owned thermal power plants and the state’s outstanding dues of more than Rs 8,000 crore to the DVC for this crisis.
Jharkhand generates 3,002 megawatt (MW) of power per day against a daily requirement of almost 5,700 MW, a deficit of more than 2,600 MW.
The state-run plants Patratu Thermal Power Station, Tenughat Thermal Power Plant and Sikidiri Hydel project jointly produce 520 MW of power against an installed capacity of 3,650 MW. The DVC supplies 1,600 MW, and the rest is drawn from the National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) and other central sources.
“Huge dues have forced us to go in for restricted supply,” DVC director (commercial) Amitabh Nayak said.
Urban areas get just nine hours of power supply in the state. Bokaro and Jamshedpur are relatively better off as they get power supply from the private plants of Tata and Steel Authority of India Limited (SAIL). It gets worse in rural areas where the people consider themselves lucky if electricity is available for a mere five hours on a single day.
“Despite having big coal mines, we are getting power for only four hours per day. The situation has remained same for decades,” Akhilesh Kumar, a Chatra resident, says.
In Dhanbad, Industries and Commerce Association president BN Singh alleges government apathy has denied the industries their quota of power supply in spite of the state’s large coal reserves. President of Garhwa Chamber and Commerce Babloo Patwa asserts the state government must intervene to address the concerns of the industries.