Uttar Pradesh may face power crisis if additional plants are closed
Lucknow: Utttar Pradesh will be in for trouble if some of the in-operation power plants are closed for some technical or non-technical reason as several power units in private and public sectors have been already shut due to coal shortage or for annual maintenance.
At present, there is no major power problem in the state as its needs are being met by the Central power authorities. But ,if any addition power unit is shut for any reason and the Centre is in no position to meets additional requirement, the state will face a difficult situation.
The plants in private and public sectors which have been closed have 2200 Megawatts installed capacity. All of them will become operational again only at the end of the current months or first week of next month. Any forced closure of some other plants will cause trouble specially because the demand will rise in weeks to come due to rise in temperature.
Hovering around 40 degree Celsius ,it is likely to cross the 40-degree mark by the middle of the month.
Private and public sector plants which are in-operational include Rosa (Reliance), Lalitpur (Bajaj) and Singrauli ( in public sector--NTPC).
In addition to these major power plants, three small thermal power units under the state government have also been closed for maintenance and repair. These units are located at Obra, Parichcha and Harduaganj.