Reported by Chinmaya Dehury
Bhubaneswar, Sep 11:
Summer days are long over and Odisha is getting adequate rainfall in the rainy season. But, the people of the state are still reeling under unscheduled and undeclared power cuts even as the Odisha government claimed that the power shortage is temporary.
While there is has been plenty of rainfall in the last few weeks and the reservoirs are full of water, the Energy department has resorted to unscheduled power cut across the state, including the capital city Bhubaneswar. Though the state government asserts that there are no power cuts, reports pouring in from various parts of the state, especially from the rural areas, indicate that the power distribution companies are resorting to unscheduled power cuts.
“We are facing power shortage of around 300 MW for the last few days as the units of IB thermal (420 MW), Sterlite (450 MW) and one unit of Kahnia (150 MW) developed technical snag and some other reasons. However, we are managing to meet the demand by sourcing hydro power and other sources,” said PK Pradhan, director (commercial) Gridco.
Pradhan said the situation would improve in the next couple of days after the units starts functioning. The state is currently generating 3200 MW while the peak hour demand is 3500 MW.
Even though he admitted that there is unscheduled power cut in some rural pockets, he denied that there is any undeclared power cut in Bhubaneswar. “There is no undeclared power cut in Bhubaneswar. Whenever the Cesu resorted to power cut, it might have declared in the areas,” Pradhan.
But residents of the capital city say they have been reeling under frequent and unscheduled power cuts for the last few days. “Power supply has been disrupted several times a day in my area for the last three days. At times, the power cut lasts as long as one hour,” said Parikshit Rout,a resident of the Pokhariput area in the city.
Energy Minister Pranab Prakash Das said since there was no power cut in the summer season, the annual power outage has increased affecting the power supply. He,however, said it would be resolved soon.
There are many causes of power failures in an electricity network. They include faults at power stations, damage to electric transmission lines, substations or other parts of the distribution system, a short circuit, or the overloading of electricity mains.
An Energy department official said the state had surplus power. But due to lack of power infrastructure — inadequate number of transformers, poor cabling and conductors to carry the power from the grid to the consumers — overload becomes a major issue. The loss of power during transmission could result in frequent power cuts, sources in the Energy department said.