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Power situation still grim in UP, Northern Grid unstable

Written by: Staff

Lucknow, Apr 15 (UNI) The power situation in Uttar Pradesh remains grim with the gap between demand and supply widening and with no hope of the Northern Grid recovering its position in the near future.

Frequent power cuts prompted by poor availability of power coupled with spiralling, promise to make this another 'uneasy' summers.

Against the peak hour demand of 6900 MW , the availability of power has been constantly in the range of about 5000 MW after import from the Central Sector. It leaves a gap of about 2000 MW compelling authorities to resort to the massive power cuts across the states.

The situation has worsened following poor contribution to the Northern Grid by the Central sector.

The situation has deteriorated in entire northern India including UP following generation in 1500 MW Nathpa Jhakri hydel project in Himachal Pradesh coming down drastically and 500 MW unit in Rihand super thermal power station still to resume generation.

This has put ''too much'' pressure on the Northern Grid which is linked to several states inlcuding UP, HP, Haryana , Delhi, Punjab, Rajasthan and Uttaranchal.

The scheduled and unscheduled power cuts have put the state of UP in a precarious condition with the urban areas having failed to get electricity for more than 14 hours a day. Rural areas are even worse hit with some of the areas getting power supply for 4-6 hours a day, reports reaching the state capital said.

The power cut is necessary for twin reasons of saving the Grid as well as distribution of meagerly available power to all the areas of the state even as some of the cities like Lucknow, Meerut, curfew-bound Aligarh, Etawah -- the home district of Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav -- Allahabad, Sambhal, Moradabad and Agra were being exempted from the rostering.

UP Power Corporation Limited (UPPCL) sources today said there was imminent danger to the Northern Grid as its frequency was as low as 48 Hz last evening, certainly in the stress zone.

The UPPCL has consistently been warned by the Northern India Load Despatch Centre to avoid excessive import from the Central Sector to save the grid from undue pressure.

Against the intalled capacity of about 3400 MW in UP, thermal power being the main source, the generation is pegged at about 2000 MW and despite the Central Sector import of about 3000 MW, there was a gap of 2000 MW between demand and supply.

For more than a week , there have been reports of protests from various districts where the residents have come out on the streets to protest against erratic power supply.


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