No evening power cuts during festive season

Bhubaneswar: In a major relief to power consumers in the State, the Odisha government today decided to stay away from mandatory power cuts in the evening during the upcoming festive season. The load shedding during time however would continue, an official said.

“In view of the festive season, we have decided not to go with power cuts during the evening time. This will continue till November 15 with effect from October 11,” Energy Minister Pranab Prakash Das told media persons.

“Since we are falling short of around 400 to 500MW power during peak hours, the day time load shedding will continue till situation improves,” he stated.

“We are bringing power from Independent Power Producers (IPPs) generating power in the state and different sources to meet the requirements. Besides, we are bringing power through power banking from Delhi, Madhya Pradesh and Himachal Pradesh to meet the demand during Puja season,” the minister added.

Official sources said the government will review power situation in the State in the first week of November.
“We will decide about future power cuts in the meeting,” sources added.

Yesterday the State government said it was contemplating to purchase power from captive power generators to avoid mandatory power cuts in the State during the upcoming festive period. State power trading utility, GRIDCO wrote letter in this regard to as many as 24 captive power plants.