Despite Adani pact,power scarcity set to hit Haryana

With summer setting in,a severe power shortage is likely to hit Haryana soon.

Written by MUKESH BHARDWAJ | Chandigarh | Updated: April 16, 2014 12:02 pm

With summer setting in,a severe power shortage is likely to hit Haryana soon.

Usually,the demand for power rises to an astronomical 6,500-MW against the routine 5,000 MW during this time. The state government,while exploring all possible resources to procure power,has already inked a pact with Adani Power Ltd (APL) for supplying 1,424 MW for 25 years from its Gujarat plant. Despite this,the state is still short of power.

“We hope this particular agreement gives us an upper hand. We should be able to tackle the problem effectively. After adding this 1,424 MW to what we have,we will be able to go near the level of demand,especially in towns. But it is not that we don’t have power here and are in the process to find more from other resources to meet the demand,” Power Minister Captain Ajay Singh Yadav told The Indian Express. He added that the next target is to provide maximum power to rural areas.

The Haryana government had given the Adani Group the contract following a competitive bidding process. The tariff under the contract reached was Rs 2.94/unit. Besides,the government also hopes that the third unit of 1m500 MW power plant at Jharli will be operational by this month end. Two units of the plant are already operational.

Currently,Haryana Power Generation Corporation Ltd,which supplies power to the state,has a capacity to generate a maximum of 3,230 MW. The state also receives 150 to 200 MW as its share in the Bhakhra Beas Management Board. Moreover,around 1,200 MW is generated from central generating stations,including NHPC,NTPC and SJVN (Nathpa Jhakhri).

The upcoming paddy season — June to September — is also a major problem for the government as the demand during this period increases significantly. Last year,demand during this period was over 6,500 MW against the usual demand of 5,000 MW.

The claims of the current Congress government to make Haryana a power surplus state has already been demolished with the deadline fixed for the same ending in December,2010. Now,consumers higher power tariffs,which are frequently increased.

The INLD,meanwhile,has slammed the government for the power shortage. MLA Ram Pal Majra said: “Rural areas are in dark for most of the time. There are certain villages where there is no electricity for over 24 hours at a stretch. The government should immediately do something to improve the situation or we will be compelled to launch an agitation.”

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