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Punjab, Haryana unable to draw 1,400-MW of power

According to reports, with restrictions imposed on power transmission capacity after the recent grid failure, Punjab and Haryana have not been able to draw almost 1,400 MW of power from outside which has further worsened the power scenario in both the states.

“After the grid failure, our power transmission capacity has been restricted by the Northern Regional Load Despatch Centre (NRLDC). Now we are able to tap only 4,300 MW from outside sources against 5,100 MW allotted to us,” Punjab State Power Corporation, Chairman and Managing Director K D Chaudhary told PTI today.

“We are now facing a shortfall of 800 MW of power because of restriction imposed on us,” he said, while adding that the matter was taken up with the Centre in this regard. Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh yesterday assured both the states to take up the matter at the appropriate level to redress their issue.

The neighbouring state Haryana has also not been able to tap about 600 MW of power from other sources of power as transmission of power has been restricted. “There is now a restriction on transmission line and as a result of which power evacuation has been affected. That is we are not able to get power from power plants,” Haryana Power Secretary Ajit Mohan Sharan said here.

Both agrarian states need power to divert it to farm sector as the kharif crops can be saved in the wake of deficient rain. Ramesh, who was on visit here on Friday along with Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar, assured both the states that efforts would be made to remove them to enable Punjab and Haryana to get smooth supply of power.

“Punjab and Haryana have informed us that they were not able to draw full power supply because of some technical prohibition imposed by Union Power minister after unprecedented grid failure. They say they are facing problems. We will make efforts to remove these prohibitions,” he said. In the worst-ever power crisis, over half of the country’s 1.2 billion population in 21 states went without electricity for several hours on July 30 and July 31 as three major transmission grids failed, bringing northern, eastern and north-eastern regions to a grinding halt.

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