Power scenario in the country improved last month as the demand-supply gap narrowed to 4.5 per cent in June this year from 6.3 per cent in May.

According to the latest data by the Central Electricity Authority (CEA), peak power deficit -- shortfall in generation during the time when consumption is maximum -- for the month of June stood at 4.5 per cent (5,729 mega watt) of the total demand. This figure is better than the previous month’s deficit of 6.3 per cent or 8,597 MW.

The demand for electricity in June stood at 1,28,612 MW, of which 1,22,883 MW was met.

Peak power shortage in the southern region nearly halved to 7 per cent in June from 14.3 per cent in May this year. In terms of megawatts, deficit was to the tune of 5,339 MW in May and 2,353 MW in June.

In the three-month period (April-June), the southern region registered a peak power deficit of 16.7 per cent or 6,508 MW.

Western region comprising Chhattisgarh, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Daman & Diu, Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Goa, posted a deficit of 2.5 per cent or 909 MW in June. The region witnessed the least peak power deficit of 1.8 per cent, or 693 MW, during April-June period.

Electricity shortage in the eastern region (Bihar, Jharkhand, West Bengal, Odisha) was 2.3 per cent or 351 MW in June and overall shortage of 3.4 per cent or 532 MW during the first three months starting April, this year.

North India logged a peak power deficit 1,915 MW or 4.6 per cent.

Northern region suffered an overall shortage of 4.4 per cent or over 1,882 MW during the April-June period, the data showed.

North-eastern region comprising Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland and Tripura reported a deficit of 9.6 per cent or 201 MW in June.

It witnessed a peak power deficit of 9.6 per cent in three months from April to June, this year.

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