State grap­ples with acute power short­age

Hindustan Times (Lucknow) - - UTTARPRADESH - HT Cor­re­spon­dent lko­re­porters­desk@hin­dus­tan­

LUC­KNOW: Elec­tric­ity sup­ply in the state ap­pears to have gone off track in the state with cities and vil­lages fac­ing mas­sive power cuts even at night.

The cri­sis has added to the gov­ern­ment’s wor­ries as it punc­tures the claims of giv­ing round the clock power.

Ut­tar Pradesh Power Cor­po­ra­tion Ltd (UPPCL) of­fi­cials held a meet­ing on Satur­day to ex­plore how to avoid ros­ter­ing at night, as sug­gested by chief min­is­ter Yogi Adityanath on Fri­day. They, how­ever, did not find it pos­si­ble to do that un­less the de­mand-sup­ply gap nar­rowed down.

Ac­cord­ing to sources, the de­mand these days is hov­er­ing around 20,000 mw dur­ing peak hours (night) against the peak avail­abil­ity of around 16,500 mw. This leaves the state with a short­fall of 3000-5000 mw.

“This leaves us with no op­tion but re­sort to emer­gency ros­ter­ing in the night,” said an of­fi­cial, adding:

“We will have to re­sort to some ros­ter­ing in the night even if we have no de­mand-sup­ply gap since the grid’s ca­pac­ity is down.”

The cur­rent cri­sis, which is likely to con­tinue for some days, has arisen be­cause of a shut­down of var­i­ous power units both in the pub­lic and pri­vate sec­tors in the state and cur­tail­ment of the Cen­tre’s power quota cou­pled with spurt in de­mand due to drought-like con­di­tions.

The ma­jor cities are get­ting power for 23 hours, dis­tricts 17 hours, tehsils 16 hours and vil­lages 14 hours as per the of­fi­cial ros­ter though in re­al­ity the hours of load shed­ding are even more.

Af­ter he got com­plaints from var­i­ous sources, the CM sum­moned en­ergy depart­ment of­fi­cials to his of­fice on Fri­day, ask­ing them to avoid ros­ter­ing be­tweeen 7pm and 5am, both in cities and vil­lages.

En­ergy min­is­ter Shrikant Sharma re­it­er­ated the same in­struc­tions at a meet­ing on Satur­day evening.

He also re­viewed prepa­ra­tions for the power for all pro­gramme.

The min­is­ter asked of­fi­cials to achieve all the tar­gets as per the sched­ule with­out com­pro­mis­ing on qual­ity.

The cur­rent cri­sis has arisen be­cause of a shut­down of var­i­ous power units

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