BHUBANESWAR: The State Government on Thursday described the ongoing power crisis in Odisha as ‘temporary’ and advised the people to be economical while using electricity for their daily consumption.
Load shedding is a countrywide phenomenon and the situation in Odisha is better than many other States, Minister of State for Energy Pranab Prakash Das said while making a statement in the Assembly on the admissibility of an adjournment motion notice on the issue.
Admitting that there are power cuts at many places in the State, the Minister said this is due to deficit power generation. Deficient rainfall during June added to the crisis, he said.
However, Congress members staged a walkout from the House not satisfied with the Minister’s reply.
The State generated about 1,100 MW of power during June/July from its six hydro power stations. Generation from the hydro power stations has come down to 400 MW as water level did not rise in reservoirs due to less rainfall this time, the Minister said.
Reiterating the State Government’s commitment to make power available 24X7 as promised by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, the Minister hoped that the present crisis will be resolved with the increase of water level in different reservoirs. Repair work and annual maintenance of different thermal power plants will be over soon and they will be used to produce adequate electricity, he said.
The Minister said at present the State could arrange only 2,650 MW of power against its demand of 3,100 MW, and thus faces a shortage of about 450 MW to 500 MW. The peak hour demand in Odisha is about 3,700 MW, he said.
Giving details of power available from different sources, the Minister said the Government received 400 MW from the hydro-power sector while 650 MW was arranged from Ib Thermal and Talcher Thermal Power Stations.
While 900 MW of power is availed from Central sector, Odisha gets 600 MW of power from captive power plants and IPPs (Independent Power Producers). Similarly, 100 MW is availed from power exchange and other sources, he said.
On the recent crisis prevailing since four days leading to acute load shedding, Das said while there was technical snag in NTPC’s unit at Kanhia, similar situation arose in TTPS unit at Talcher and NTPC’s Farakka and Kahalgaon units. Besides, there was technical snag at two units of OPGC.
The Minister said Gridco, the sole bulk power supplier, has been asked to purchase power from different sources to meet the demand.