No power cut till December 31; power generation ample

Bhubaneswar: With electricity being generated at the required quantity in State, the government has decided that there will be no power cut till December 31.

“The state is generating the required power for the consumers. So, there would be no power cut both during day time and night till December 31,” Energy Minister Pranab Prakash Das said after holding a review meeting over the power situation in the state.

With ample power to meet the requirements, there are no plans to purchase power from private companies, Das said.

He also added that the department would decide its next course of action after holding a meeting in the first week of January 2016.

Earlier, the government had stopped load-shedding at night during the festive season beginning October 11. However, it had resorted to power cut during the day during that period.

Sources said the peak hour demand was 3,750-3,800 MW, and the state was generating the required power from thermal and hydro power plants in the state.

“There is no need to buy power from private companies at this time as the state is generating enough power to meet the demand of consumers,” said Das.

In its bid to supply electricity to people, the state-owned Grid Corporation of Odisha Limited (Gridco) had urged 24 captive power generators to increase their production.