Bhubaneswar: With the State suffering from acute power shortage, the State Government has seeked the Centre’s help to meet the power deficit.

Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik in a letter to Union Power Minister Sushil Kumar Shindhe urged him to allocate an additional 500 MW from Talcher Thermal Power Station(TTPS) Phase-II.

In a letter to Union Power Minister, Mr Patnaik said that Odisha is now undergoing rapid industrialization and rural electrification programs, as a result is now seeing acute power problem. Odisha now is had not availed its legitimate share of 500 MW from the TTPS.

It is note worthy to mention that the current peak hour demand of the State,is more than 3,300 MW However there is a shortage of about 800 MW.

Moreover due to availability of only 25 per cent of water in the reservoirs, there had been a drastic decline in hydro power availability in all the hydro power stations like Upper Kolab, Upper Indravati, and Balimela. This had resulted in acute power situation in the state affecting the general public, industrial production and agriculture production. So, Mr Patnaik requested the Union Minister to consider allocating 500 MW of power from the TTPS phase II to meet the power deficit.