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Fog adds to power woes of Rajasthan

Special Correspondent

Big shortage as transmission lines are closed


Shortage of 24 lakh units of power in the State

Snag closes second unit of Kota power plant


JAIPUR: The desert State of Rajasthan, already reeling under a severe power crisis, was confronted with a further shortage of 600 MW electricity on Thursday following the transmission lines from north-eastern States being shut down due to continuing fog.

The sudden drop in the power availability was compounded by the closure of the second unit of Kota Thermal Power Project due to a technique snag. This led to a reduction in the availability of electricity by 24 lakh units.

A spokesperson of Rajasthan Rajya Vidyut Utpadan Nigam said here that the Power Grid Corporation’s Northern Region Load Dispatch Centre had completely stopped electricity supply through nearly a dozen 400 KV transmission lines in Uttar Pradesh.

With the north-eastern power corridor having been blocked, a 50 per cent reduction has been introduced on the north-western power supply route.

The spokesperson said the power production had reduced by 600 MW each in Singrauli and Rihand power stations and 100 MW each in Anpara and Obra power stations.

The Unnao-Lucknow, Unnao-Bareli, Unnao-Panki and Unnao-Agra transmission lines shut down due to fog could not be repaired till Thursday evening. Similarly, the transmission was not restored on Obra-Panki and Singrauli-Kanpur lines. Besides, the Rihand-Dadri line has also developed a fault.

While the sixth unit of Kota Thermal Power Station re-started on Wednesday evening after remaining closed for a few hours, the second unit was closed on Thursday due to leakage in the boiler tube. The power production by the unit is not likely to start before Sunday.

The spokesperson pointed out that the State was facing crisis partly because of non-availability of 65 lakh units of electricity in its share in the power produced by the Central power stations.

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