Respite for consumers; no power cuts till April end

Bhubaneswar: The state government on Thursday decided not to resort to power cuts till April end. A decision in this regard was taken at a high level meeting chaired by Energy minister Pranab Prakash Das at the secretariat here.

Officials who attended the meeting said keeping in mind the ensuing examination season, the Energy department had decided against power cuts this summer. A decision on load-shedding beyond April will be taken at a meeting in April after taking stock of the availability of power, they added.

Since the State government hopes that theadditional power expected to be receiived from independent power producers (IPP) during peak summer will help it meet the energy requirements of the State. Besides, it also has high hopes of getting some power through power banking to avoid load-shedding when the mercury soars. Power banking is a cashless operation through which the State will return during the monsoon an equivalent amount of power to those states it borrows power from, officials added.

Officials added Odisha is expected to get 400 MW of power from Delhi and Punjab in the next couple of months.

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