Bhubaneswar: The State Electricity Board is facing severe shortage of electricity. During the peak demand, there is a shortfall of 700MW of electricity.
The Hydro Electricity generation plants are unable to generate electricity as there is very little water in the reservoirs. This condition will persist till the next rainy season. A shortage 50 Megawatt of electricity occurred as one unit of NTPC Kaniha stopped working. Failure of electricity supply from other sources like 115MW from JSPL, 210MW from OPGC has further intensified the power problem. In total, there is 375MW shortfall recorded from thermal power plants.
According to sources, current power generation of the state remains at 2500MW during day time and 2700MW during the evening.
Due to the ongoing board exams of the students, state government has temporarily suspended power-cuts in urban areas. After the exam this power-cut is expected to resume.
Meanwhile it is necessary to mention that, the chief minister Mr. Naveen Patnaik had urged the Union Power Minister Sushil Kumar Shindein to share 500MW power from Talcher Thermal Power Station-TTPS (Stage-II) in a letter on December 01, 2011. But no decision in this regard has been taken during the last three months.