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Crucial meet to review deteriorating power scenario

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New Delhi, May 2 (UNI) The government today said it has called a crucial meeting with state governments of northern India this week, to take stock of the deteriorating power scenario plaguing the region with a shortfall of 4500 MW and have urged them to maintain grid discipline.

''We have called a meeting of Energy Secretaries and Chief Secretaries of the Northern region states this week to review the situation. We will have to be more forthright and convey the message to the states so that load management is done in a manner that a grid collapse is averted,'' Power Secretary R V Shahi told reporters on the sidelines of a seminar here.

Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, NCT of Delhi, Jammu and Kashmir, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh and Uttaranchal face a power shortage.

The Power Secretaries comments has just come a day after a major grid collapse was averted by the Northern region load dispatch Centre when Badarpur and Pragati Power Plant had to be shut down shortly after a fire at the Ballabgarh substation.

The CERC had warned state electricity boards and distribution companies against overdrawing power from the Northern Grid after the public sector transmission utility, Power Grid Corporation lodged a complaint against them.

Uttar Pradesh have been drawing much more electricity from the grid than their schedule. UP has been overdrawing up to 700 mw, Delhi was forced to overdraw about 450 mw last night when the Badarpur and the Pragati power plants were shut down.

Mr Shahi said all states would have to be more disciplined as overdrawing could lower the grid frequency to below 49 hertz, which could bring about major problems in the grid.

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