HC asks Centre to help J'khand wriggle out of power crisis

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Ranchi, Jan 9 (UNI) In the wake of acute power crisis hitting Jharkhand for the past few months, the High Court today directed the Centre to immediately supply 267 MW and Damodar Valley Corporation 150 MW of power to the state.

The court asked the Jharkhand State Electricity Regulatory Commission to issue tenders inviting private electricity company to supply power in the capital town.

Besides, the Jharkhand State Electricity Board was advised not to make any objection to it.

A division bench of Chief Justice Muthuswamy Karpagyavinayagam and Justice D G R Patnaik heard a PIL filed by Madhu Sudan Mittal, an advocate of Jharkhand High Court.

The court has fixed next date for hearing of the case after two weeks.

The Chairman of Jharkhand State Electricity Board would personally make efforts and see that the power supply in the capital town was proper, the court said adding the state government would ensure that the second damaged unit of Tenughat Vidyut Nigam Limited was repaired at the earliest.

The petitioner had filed an affidavit before the court as per its earlier order. During the course of argument, he informed the court that at present the state capital was getting only 70 to 80 MW out of which 20 MW was being supplied to the VIP areas. Only about 60 MW was meant for the rest of the capital town.

Earlier, the JSEB filed an affidavit before the court informing that the board was not getting appropriate power supply from the Tala (Hydel) Project in Bhutan.

The water of the hydel project was frozen due to extreme cold and the project was only producing 120 to 130 MW, the affidavit said.

The board pleaded before the court that it would be good for the board if they get power supply from any thermal project, not from hydel project.

During the course of argument, Mr Mittal informed that Patratu Thermal Power Station produces approximately 840 MW and Tenughat Thermal power station produces 440 MW.

But the condition of the Patratu Thermal Power Station was in bad condition and there was no one to look after it. If it was renovated and made operational both the thermal power stations could supply approximately 1280 MW which was more than enough for the state, he said.

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