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Power position worsens in Punjab

VINOD GUPTA | July 08, 2021 04:33 PM

CHANDIGARH: The power position in Punjab continues to be critical with the tripping of one unit each at Ropar thermal plant and running of only available the third unit of Talwandi Sabo at half load.The shortage of about 500 MW generation from within Punjab leads to a shortage of 120 lakh units in a day.

One unit of Lehra Mihabatt also tripped today in the afternoon. With the closure of industry up to July 11 and reduced power load from offices, the PSPCL is still facing the heat from a shortage of power. The position will improve only after the onset of monsoon in the state.

On Wednesday Punjab supplied 2929 lakh units with a maximum demand of 12438 MW. The power supply in the state despite restrictions was short by 127 lakh units against the requirement of 3057 lakh units. There was a shortage of 650 MW during evening peak hours.

BBMB powerhouses generated 398 lakh units and Punjab's share is around 40%. Bhakra powerhouses generated 225 lakh units although the water level in the reservoir is down by 56 feet as compared to last year's level on a corresponding day.
Ranjit Sagar Dam with a low reservoir level is also generating less power.It supplied 98 lakh units. Bassi Powerhouse in Himachal Pradesh was running at more than 100% of its capacity. The total gross generation in Punjab on Thursday afternoon stands reduced to4740 MW against normal availability of more than 5500 MW.

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