1120 MW gap in demand and supply of power in MP
Bhopal, May 12 (UNI) Faced with power crunch, the Madhya Pradesh Government is trying to bridge the 1120 MW gap between the demand and supply during peak hour by buying maximum power from various sources.
Although peak power supply has improved from 3,570 MW last year to 4,170 MW this year, the demand for power has increased from 5,108 MW to 5,290 MW.
Madhya Pradesh State Electricity Board (MPSEB) secretary Sanjay Bandopadhyay told reporters here today that power was being supplied for 22 hours in divisional headquarters, 20 hours in district headquarters and 15-16 hours in tehsil headquarters.
He said rural areas were receiving three-phase power for six hours besides single-phase power for three-four hours.
''Most states in the country are facing power crunch. Under such circumstances, power is not available for purchase despite efforts,'' Mr Bandopadhyay said.
He said thermal power stations in the state were working properly at present. However, hydro-electric power stations were generating 1800-1900 MW power despite power generation capacity of 2,147 MW due to water shortage.
Mr Bandopadhyay said the state was receiving 100 MW from the Sardar Sarovar Project (SSP) and 110 MW from Gujarat's Kawas Power Station.
On emergency plans by the MPSEB in case of delay in monsoons, he said power from the Indira Sagar Hydro-electric Power Project will kept as reserve, while efforts will be made to get power from the SSP.
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