Poor monsoon lowered hydro electricity generation in HP

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Kullu (HP), Aug. 29 (ANI): Scanty rains have resulted in low hydro electricity generation in Himachal Pradesh this year.

Lack of snowfall is being attributed as another big reason that affected the flow of rivers and streams in the region and resulted in lower power generation.

86 megawatt Malana Hydro Electric Project is one the hydel projects which has been affected.

According to the General Manager of the Hydro electric project, J.K.Beri, Compared to 2008, the production level of electricity has decreased by 5,49,68,808 units.

"Last year from April 2008 to August 25, 2008, we generated 24,71,97,856 units of electricity. This year in the same period, we have managed to generate just 19,22,38,048 units of electricity. The reason is less rainfall and low temperature during the melting time of glaciers," Beri said.

The peak season to generate power starts from June and ends in September.

Beri added that as the peak season is over, they might not be able to fulfil the generation loss.

"I think we may not be able to recoup our generation loss this year as we don't expect enough rainfall in future," he said.

Himachal Pradesh plays a significant role in the supply of electricity to northern grid.

The state supplies electricity to Punjab, Haryana, Delhi, Uttarakhand, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh. (ANI)

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