In power-surplus HP, generation dips 75%

Brace up for a harsher winter this time around in Himachal Pradesh. With water levels in the hydro-power generating rivers dipping to their lowest levels of 22 to 25 percent, the Himachal Pradesh State Electricity Board (HPSEB) has been forced to bank on neighbouring states and central agencies to meet 75 per cent of its daily power shortfall.

The total daily power requirement in the state is nearly 240 lakh units against which the power availability in the state is barely 60 lakh units. HPSEB's own generation has also dropped to 25 lakh units from 110 lakh units per day.

" Most of the rivers in the state have low water discharge during winters and as a result power generation drops. For this HPSEB has a system of power banking agreements with neighbouring states like Punjab, Delhi and Uttar Pradesh. This time, the shortfall is on the higher side as compared to earlier years," said the chairman of HPSEB, R D Dhiman. He, however, adds: " Himachal Pradesh is perhaps the only state in the country which plans for lean power during winter. We try to cover-up the shortfall from the central share and also tie up with other state. As states like Punjab, Delhi,Haryana and UP need additional power in summers, Himachal supplies its surplus power to these states and in winter we get power from them. We don't impose power cuts on the consumers."

Now-a-days, Himachal Pradesh is getting nearly 45 lakh units of power from arrangements with other states and from its share as a state of the region. The shortfall is also being met by buying power from the power exchange for Rs 3 per unit, beside having been allowed additional supply from the power grid for winter months. The state is also permitted an overdrawal ie unscheduled interference (UI) of 5 to 10 lakh units in case of additional needs.

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