Power crisis continues

LUCKNOW, JULY 24. The power crisis in Uttar Pradesh continues despite State Government claims of power imports worth Rs. 30 crore daily to meet the demand.

Power department officials said the shortage was around 2,000 MW daily due to heavy demand during the peak hours.

They said most of the generation units in the State were functioning normally but the supply and demand gap was insufficiently met in spite of imports of 2,500 MW power.

In almost all the districts barring the State Capital, Agra, Etawah and Mainpuri, 10-16 hour power cuts are in place.

Power department engineers have been forced to seek police protection police at all the installations and sub-stations following violent protests by the people over the long power-cuts.

The officials had also expressed concern over the receding water level in the Rihand dam in Sonebhadra which provides water supply for power production to three units of the National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) and Obra power production unit. -- UNI

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