Darkness continues to elude state

Bhubaneswar: Mercury hovering around 45 degree celsius in many parts of the state and continuous heat wave coupled with power crisis these days have literally crippled the citizens. Adding much woe to these, Sterlite company in Jharsuguda, reasoning technical snag, has stopped supplying the state 350MW power from Thursday night.   

While power generation at Balimela hydro electric project in Koraput and Chipilima in Sambalpur have been hit due to fall in water levels, the state is getting only 10MW from Rengali hydro power project.
According to Grid Corporation of Odisha (Gridco), these days the state is receiving only 2600MW of power against its peak hour requirement of 3200MW. Even if the state resorts to power cut, it needs a minimum of 2850MW to meet the necessary ends.

Meanwhile, Central Electricity Supply Utility of Odisha`s (CESU) recent letter about its scheduled power cuts between May 20 and July 8 has caused a grave concern for the citizens, while the state is reeling under scorching heat. The state receives 750MW from captive generation plant, 900MW from central generating station, 780MW from IB and Talcher thermal, 250MW from hydro power project and 350MW from Jharsuguda Sterlite plant.