Power-cut not to linger till June: Energy Min

Bhubaneswar: It’s not June rather the power cut will continue till October as the condition of the power stations has improved. It was informed by Odisha Energy minister Pranab Prakash Das today.

“Condition is better now. Power cut won’t linger till June. Duration of power cut has been reduced and it will improve further by Durga Puja” Das told media persons here.
“We have been lining up at least three thermal power stations which may provide required electricity,” Das said.

The minister on September 12 had said that the state was facing shortage of about 500-550 MW of electricity every day due to reduction in hydro-power generation, load-shedding is likely to continue till June next year.

This apart, the minister had said, the demand for power had also increased abnormally in the state. “Normally, the demand peaks in May-June (summer) touching 4000 MW. But this year, we have crossed that level. Currently the peak hour demand is about 4100 MW against the summer peak hour demand of 4,000 MW,” he had said.

On the other hand BJP State president KV Singh Deo alleged a secret agenda hatched by the State government to sell energy to other States that prompted government for load shedding. The Energy minister, who had stated that Odisha is a power surplus state a fortnight ago, now how the government resorted to severe power court, he asked.

Notably, the Energy department announced for power cut two hours daily in urban areas and four hours in rural pockets due to shortage of water at all reservoir.