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Wind energy bails out Jodhpur during grid collapse

According to reports, wind power came to the rescue of Jodhpur Discom during the Northern and Eastern power grid failure, whereas the other Discoms had to wait until the power units at Kota, NTPC and power plants at Rana Pratap Sagar and Jawahar Sagar resumed supply.

“The power generated through wind energy put an end to the outage within two hours at the Jodhpur Discom on Tuesday, providing us with around 800-900 MW power. We immediately switched to wind power and resumed power supply at hospitals, PHED water pumps, railways, high court and administrative offices,” A K Gupta, MD, Jodhpur DISCOM, said.

By 4 pm, power supply was restored at headquarters of all the ten districts under Jodhpur Discom. But supply to the industry and agriculture sector could not be restored. “They will have to wait till the problem of grid failure is solved and steady supply is resumed,” Gupta added.

This situation added insult to the injury for the farming sector. Already under pressure due to failed monsoon, the farmers are unable to begin sowing in the irrigated areas. The industrial sector, too, is facing the same plight. Industries in Jodhpur are basically export-oriented, involving goods like handicrafts, guar gum, textiles, steel sheets and utensils.

In Bikaner, the power supply was snapped around 11 am and restored in some areas around 2 pm. The acting district collector Ramdev Goyal told TOI that power supply in rural areas was interrupted since Sunday night, which is adversely affecting the groundnut crop. But we are unable to provide them sufficient power supply, he added.

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