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Darkness prevails in JSEB command areas

Jamshedpur, Oct. 7: A snag in the two power generating units of Tenughat Vidyut Nigam Limited (TVNL) has crippled electricity supply in Jharkhand State Electricity Board (JSEB) command areas since Tuesday evening.

Officials in the Jamshedpur area board of JSEB claimed that one of the units may be lit up by midnight today, which would improve the power scenario.

The power crisis has crippled production in industrial units based in Adityapur industrial area.

Conceding that the power grids in its command areas are getting scant electricity supply, area board general manager K.N. Thakur said: “The situation will improve by 50 per cent if one of the TVNL units lights up by midnight. However, the power scarcity will completely end in a day or two, when both the units at TVNL start functioning.”

Officials of the state electricity board said that the Gamharia power grid, which requires around 110MW of power to cater to Adityapur industrial area and its neighbouring areas, is presently getting 50-60MW.

Similarly, the Golmuri power grid is getting 15-20MW of power supply due to a snag in TVNL’s unit. The grid that requires 35-40MW of electricity caters to the power requirement of non-company areas in the steel city.

The power crisis has left several industrial units in the lurch. General secretary of Adityapur Small Industries’ Association Santosh Khaitan said that industrial units are facing acute shortage of electricity and production has almost come to a standstill.

“The industrial units are hardly receiving two hours of regular power supply ever since the crisis started. Apart from a fall in production, our manpower also remains unutilised due to the power crisis,” said Khaitan.

He said that the small and medium industrial units find it hard to sustain production with generators.

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