| File picture of President Pranab Mukherjee inaugurating the TPC project at Palatana |
Agartala, Oct. 20: Load-shedding returned to haunt the people of the state with a two-hour power cut this morning after the euphoria of festivals of Durga and Lakshmi Pujas.
Shyamal Roy, chief managing director of Tripura State Electricity Corporation Ltd, said power cuts were unavoidable because the additional power imported from outside for 10 days for the festivals had stopped. He said the state’s internal generation of around 110MW was not enough to cope with the current peak hour demand of 235MW. “Making up the deficit would require import of power at a high cost which would put an increased burden on consumers. We have little option but to resort to power cuts.”
However, there was some good news on the power front as Unit-I of the 363.3MW Palatana thermal plant at Udaipur has started producing 180MW power on a regular basis. A source in the ONGC Thermal Power Company, which maintains the plant, said, “Regular supply of clean gas is enabling this level of generation. This can be increased only if clearance is given by the regional load despatch centre.”
The company is hence planning to approach the Central Electricity Regulatory Authority for notifying the commencement of commercial production at Palatana since generation of the full capacity of 363.3MW is still uncertain. Sources said notification of the present generation capacity as commercial production, would help the state.
Despite the 180MW generation, there seems to be no end to the power woes, as the entire power generated is being dispatched to the national grid. According to the present arrangement, Tripura cannot have its share of 196MW unless the full generation level of 363.3MW is reached.
“We will have to see whether the terms and conditions can be changed, otherwise Tripura will not get any power from the present generation capacity,” a source said.