As if the bandh called by the NDA and Left parties on Thursday was not bad enough, further disruptions came in the form of power cuts around the state as Tenughat Vidyut Nigam Ltd (TVNL) shut down one of its units following technical snags.
The TVNL shutdown, around 5pm on Thursday, plunged 14 out of 24 districts in the dark as generation plummeted to 390MW against an average peak time demand of over 900MW.
“One unit at TVNL had to be shut down around 5pm today following trouble in its boiler unit. Since the boiler unit is very hot, necessary repairs would be taken up as soon as it cools down. We expect to light up the unit again by Friday ,” TVNL general manager Ramawtar Sahu said.
The other TVNL unit is in operation and generating at full load of around 200MW. Till evening, two units were generating 400MW
Power officials said with shops and commercial establishments closed due to the bandh called by various parties, demand for power was less, around 850MW.
Efforts to bridge the gap between demand and supply was made by drawing 300MW from the eastern grid. However, with an uncovered deficit of over 100MW, JSEB was left with no option but to order blackouts in phases.
throughout Ranchi, West Singhbhum, parts of East Singhbhum, Seraikela-Kharsawan, Gumla, Lohardaga, Khunti, Simdega, Chatra, Latehar, Koderma, Palamau, Giridih and Deoghar.
However, the state capital was by and large spared as grid officials said Ranchi was given all the power it needed.