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Snag trips JSEB power

Thousands staying in Jharkhand State Electricity Board (JSEB) command areas in and around Jamshedpur faced power cuts on Thursday due to supply restrictions from Central Load Despatch (CLD) after a Tenughat Vidyut Nigam Limited (TVNL) unit developed a snag on Wednesday night.

Areas affected included industrial hub Adityapur in Seraikela-Kharsawan, as well as densely populated Mango, Govindpur, Parsudih and others on the outskirts.

Residents complained of a pattern across the day in which three-hour blackouts were sandwiched between an hour of power.

Sources at CLD, which supplies power to Jamshedpur and its fringes, said TVNL had not been able to generate adequate power. The Golmuri power grid sub-station on Thursday got 25-30MW, against a minimum need of 40 MW.

The Gamharia power grid sub-station, which also supplies power to Adityapur industrial area, received 60-65 MW against peak requirement of 120MW.

Adityapur Small Industries’ Association president R.K. Sinha admitted that power cuts had thrown production schedules off track.

JSEB authorities, however, assured residents that power supply was likely to become normal on Friday.