Power crisis likely to worsen in Punjab

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Patiala, Aug 1 (UNI) The power crisis in Punjab is expected to worsen with all the six units of 1500 MW Naphtha Jkakri project in Himachal Pardesh being taken out of service due to high silt level.

Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) sources said that yesterday 31 morning all the six units of 250 MW each were closed one after the other as the silt level in water rose beyond permissible limits.

Naphtha Jhakri was daily generating 359 lakh units when the unit was closed.

Punjab would be loosing 200 MW of power due to closure of Naphtha Jhakri project and this amounts to approximately 50 lakh units per day.

On July 30, the demand in Punjab had touched 1864 lakh units against supply of 1567 lakh units. The shortage of power in Punjab is to the tune of 300 lakh units per day.

Today the state is drawing about 3644 MW against schedule drawl of 3425 Mw from the northern grid to meet the shortage.

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