UP: Relief to examinees, no power cut between 6 to 10pm

Uttar Pradesh
Lucknow, Mar 22: In a major relief for the UP Board examinees, the newly-elected Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav has instructed the UP Power Corporation Ltd (UPPCL) officials to make sure that there is no power cut between 6 pm and 10 pm all over the state.

It has been reported that more than 63 lakh students have applied for the board examinations of class X and XII that has started from Mar 16 and would continue till Apr 20.

The state government has found that implementing the uninterrupted power supply will cost over Rs 5 crore per day.

Talking to the reporters, the UPPCL has said that over 10,500 MW electricity would be required to implement the uninterrupted power supply. Currently, the average per day power supply is around 8,000 MW -- 4,000 MW from the Central pool and the remaining 4,000 MW from its own sources. Even it added that for the additional requirement, the company will have to take 2,500 MW electricity from the exchanges-Power Exchange of India (PXI) and Indian Energy Exchange (IEX) that sells power at commercial rates.

"A rate of Rs 4 per unit has been fixed for the purpose. On an average, the implementation would cost Rs 5 crore per day. The cumulative amount for 30 days comes to Rs 150 crore," said SK Agarwal, UPPCL's finance director.

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