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Severe power crisis in UP:power cuts rampant in towns

Written by: Staff
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Lucknow, Apr 26 (UNI) Normal life has been crippled following massive power cuts in Uttar Pradesh affecting major towns like state cpaital of Lucknow, Varanasi, Gorakhpur, Bareilly, Agra and Noida to a great extent in the wake of unprecendented power crunch in the state.

An emergency plan had to be put in place in atleast 40 towns of the state in view of the imminent danger to the Northern Grid which once again had come near to collapse last evening as about a month long power crisis continued to haunt the officials and 17 crore people of UP.

In rural areas, the power supply was just four hours a day even as the urban towns are not getting power more than 14 hours a day, according to the reports reaching here at the state headquarters.

Agitated people have come on the streets at several places protesting against the erratic power supply but the authorities remain helpless as the state owned units and the centrally owned NTPC units were performing below par thus putting pressure on the Northern Grid to a larger extent.

According to UP Power Corporation Limited (UPPCL) sources the dismal scenario was not likley to improve soon as several NTPC units were out of steam and the generation by state thermal power units was much below the required level.

In UP where the power demand is touching 6900 MW, the power cut to the tune of 2000 MW is just too much for the residents.

The power situation, which started worsening even before the onset of summers, is going through tough times as mercury is soaring and demand is perpetually northwards.

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