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Power crisis in India: These states are facing electricity problems; full list

Amid the sharp rise in demand for electricity due to the prevailing heat wave and the worst shortage of electricity in more than six years due to lack of sufficient coal supply for thermal plants, several states in the country are now experiencing power outages for several hours.

Electricity supply fell on demand by 1.88 billion units, or 1.6%, during the first 27 days of April, according to Reuters. The total electricity shortage in the country has hit 623 million units, surpassing the total shortage in March.

According to a LocalCircles survey, 2 out of 3 households in the country have admitted to facing power outages. While 1 in 3 households faces power outages of over 2 hours or more each day.

The Ministry of Railways had canceled hundreds of trips to ensure priority routes for coal wagons and faster forwarding. While Coal India Limited (CIL) has increased coal production by 27.2 percent during April.

Here are the states facing power outages:

Delhi

The maximum temperature in Delhi has been between 42 and 46 degrees Celsius over the past week. As mercury shoots up in Delhi, power demand crossed 6,000 MW in April, discom officials said.

The Delhi government has warned of supply disruptions due to lack of coal stocks at various power plants. However, the Ministry of Energy maintained that a total capacity of 6,892 MW was available for Delhi and that there was no shortage of supply to the capital.

Haryana

Haryana’s Prime Minister Manohar Lal Khattar said on April 26 that the problem of power outages in the state will soon be resolved and assured that his government will take measures to alleviate the situation.

“Uninterrupted electricity will be provided to the citizens of the state. For this, permanent measures will be taken by the power outages. The problem of power outages in the state will soon be solved,” he said according to an official statement.

Amid rising temperatures, the Haryana government has changed the timings of public and private schools from May 4th. Schools start from kl. 7 in the morning and will run until 6 p.m.

Uttar Pradesh

Uttar Pradesh has a deficit of 3,000 MW. Against the demand of around 23,000 MW, the supply is only 20,000 MW, resulting in load reductions in rural areas and smaller cities.

According to the data provided by the state electricity department, electricity is currently being supplied in rural areas for an average of 15 hours 7 minutes against the planned 18 hours. Similarly, electricity is supplied on average in 19 hours 3 minutes against the planned 21 hours 30 minutes in cities and 19 hours 50 minutes against 21 hours 30 minutes at tehsil headquarters.

Uttarakhand

Uttarakhand is no exception with long power outages. UPCL (Uttarakhand Power Corporation Ltd) MD Anil Kumar attributed the acute power shortage to an increase in demand caused by the early start of summer and to the closure of a gas-fired power plant in Kashipur in the Udham Singh Nagar district.

Andhra Pradesh

Andhra Pradesh is facing a deficit of about 50 million units of electricity relative to demand, which is touching 210 million units a day.

According to State Energy Minister B Sridhar, the current crisis, which was a nationwide phenomenon, may subside in late April.

Bihar

Bihar is also witnessing frequent power outages in rural as well as urban areas.

“Bihar is facing a power deficit of 200-300 megawatts (MW) per day due to the sudden increase in demand. State consumption is around 6,000 MW per day and the availability of electricity from various sources is only 5,000 to 5,200 MW. “But almost every day we buy about 600 MW from the power exchange at higher prices for our consumers in the state,” said Sanjeev Hans, Minister of Energy (Bihar).

Punjab

The spawning season has not yet started in Punjab, but electricity consumers are already facing unplanned load outages in many places in the state. Several areas, including Ludhiana, Patiala and Mohali, are facing frequent power outages. The maximum demand for electricity has already reached around 8,000 MW in the state.

In Punjab’s Hoshiarpur, farmers blocked car traffic in protest of irregular electricity supply.

Rajasthan

In Rajasthan, the demand for electricity has increased by 31 percent, leading to power outages of 5 to 7 hours a day. Rural areas face more power outages than in urban areas.

Kerala

Last Friday, Kerala’s electricity minister K Krishnankutty rejected reports that the state is facing any major power outages, saying there was some lack of availability of electricity, but it would be resolved soon.

His reaction came the day after a 15-minute load reduction was imposed in the state by Kerala State Electricity Board Limited (KSEBL) following a lack of power supply from the central pool.

Jharkhand

Jharkhand has also been exposed to power outages over the past few days.

Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren has admitted that the state has not been able to meet the highest demand and additional funds have been made available to procure electricity from the market.

Read also: Power consumption rises 13.6% to 132.98 billion units in April: Govt

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