Haryana power plant units operating at 35% efficiency

HARYANA Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda's 'No 1 state' is facing acute power-crunch these days. The ruling Congress government's claims of making Haryana a power surplus state in the coming years stands exposed with the fact that out of a total 20 units in five power plants of Hayana, 13 are lying shut with zero power generation for the last many months.

With a total capacity of around 4974.4 MW power generation, Haryana's power plants are generating an average of 1500 MW power daily. As a result, the state is purchasing power from other states to meet its power demand of over 4000 MW daily.

Faulty and defective equipment used in power stations and non-availability of adequate amount of coal have been blamed for poor power situation. Haryana's Uttar Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam and Dakshin Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam — are facing a revenue gap of over Rs 5800 crore, for which the corporations have submitted a proposal to Haryana's Electricity Regulatory Commission for revision in electricity tariff in the state for all categories of consumers.

Managing Director (DHBVN, UHBVN) Devender Singh said, "The units are lying shut, but a lot of calculation needs to be made before taking such decisions. Various factors are involved in this. If we have already purchased a particular amount of power for which we have made the payment in advance to other power generating corporations outside Haryana and we are unable to generate an equal amount of revenue from the consumers, we have to curtail the power supply. Still to make people comfortable, we are trying our level best to supply adequate amount of power."

DHBVN, UHBVN are already executing a plan, with a budget of Rs 500 crore, to strengthen power distribution system and includes special maintenance and augmentation of the existing system.

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