Ranchi, Aug. 7: At least half the state has been without power from early this morning after one unit at Tenughat Vidyut Nigam Ltd (TVNL) had to be shut down following a leakage in its boiler unit.
The blackouts are likely to continue till tomorrow as TVNL officials pointed out that they were waiting for the boiler unit to cool down completely to facilitate repairs.
“A tube leakage in the boiler section of Unit No: 2 has compelled us to shut it down altogether. The repairs would take at least 24 hours. We expect to light up the unit only tomorrow. Even after the unit is lit up, sufficient time needs to be allowed before it is synchronised back into the state grid,” Ramavtar Sahu, TVNL general manager told The Telegraph over the phone from Lalpania in Bokaro.
Generation from TVNL’s two units, prior to the shutdown, was averaging above 400 MW. Now, with only one unit in operation, generation stood at 200 MW.
Figures released by Eastern Load Despatch Centre indicated that total generation from Jharkhand was limited to 220MW against a normal demand of over 850MW.
Though efforts were made to bridge the demand-supply gap by drawing around 350MW from the central pool, an uncovered deficit of over 300 MW left Jharkhand State Electricity Board (JSEB) with no option but to impose blackouts in its command areas in Ranchi, Gumla, Lohardaga, Khunti, Simdega, West Singhbhum, Seraikela-Kharsawan, Latehar, Chatra, Garhwa and Palamau districts.
Grid officials maintained that efforts were made to keep the state capital free of blackouts. “Ranchi is being given priority of a full load status. There are a few areas where power has been shut down to help us carry out necessary preventive maintenance jobs. In all other areas, power has not been switched off,” an official said.
However residents in districts complained that barring a few spells, they have been without power since early morning today. At Lohardaga and Latehar, residents complained they had been deprived of drinking water supply as pumping stations were unable to operate for want of power.