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TVNL sloth spurs crisis

Several areas under Jharkhand State Electricity Board’s command grappled with frequent power cuts since Thursday night following supply restrictions from the central load despatch.

Industrial units in Adityapur and Gamharia, which are largely dependent on JSEB for daily production, were also badly hit. Most were unable to meet their day’s target in the absence of uninterrupted power supply.

Sources at the central load despatch, which feeds JSEB command areas in the steel city and its periphery, said the Tenughat Vidyut Nigam Limited (TVNL) was unable to generate adequate power leading to the crisis.

The affected domestic areas included Mango, Adityapur, Govindpur, Parsudih and a few other neighbourhoods on the outskirts of the city.

Residents complained of intermittent power for a couple of hours and frequent load-shedding. “Power crisis means acute water crisis because the pump cannot be run,” said Subir Das, a resident of Parsudih.

The Golmuri power grid substation on Friday received a supply of 25MW, against its minimum requirement of 35MW. The Gamharia power grid substation — which is the source of sustenance for the Adityapur industrial area — too received only 70MW against a requirement of 120MW during peak hours.

An official of JSEB’s Singhbhum Electricity Supply Area A.P. Singh said supply was expected to become normal by late on Friday evening.

Earlier this week, several areas like Mango and Parsudih had to face power pangs due to supply restrictions from the central load despatch. JSEB officials said whenever there was a snag at TVNL, the supply was restricted making domestic and commercial consumers to suffer.

Industry sources said induction furnace and rolling mills bore the maximum brunt.

An Adityapur Small Industries Association official explained that furnaces and mills could not be run with a generator because of expenses involved and hence, they were at the receiving end.

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