Power cut is back in Odisha across the state due to less water in reservoirs.
Even as electricity consumers are experiencing unscheduled power cuts for the last few days, it is now official that scheduled regulation has been effected from Thursday and will continue till the situation improves.
The Odisha government on Friday announced that the power cut will be of one hour duration in Bhubaneswar, Cuttack and Puri while the load shedding will be of two hours in other urban centres. The rural areas are likely to face maximum load restriction.
“We have to go for load shedding in view of the declining water level in major reservoirs, mostly in southern Odisha. The distribution companies will soon announce the time and duration of power cuts in their respective regions,” Energy Secretary Suresh Chandra Mohapatra told reporters.
Mohapatra pointed out that the water level in Indravati dam has fallen by 50 per cent while it declined to 40 per cent in Balimela and Upper Kolab.
This apart, Mohapatra said the availability from thermal sector in the state has also declined as some units of NTPC and TTPS were under maintenance.
While the average demand of electricity in the State is 3,700 MW, the peak demand has touched 4,000 MW. The average generation of hydro power has been reduced to 750 MW as against 1,000 MW available a couple days back, official sources said.
Having a capacity to generate 2,085 MW, the hydro power stations are now generating 750 MW on an average while the peak hour generation is about 1,300 MW.