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Power woes for 24 hours more

Ranchi, Dec. 17: Large parts of the state suffered from blackouts since early this morning after one unit of Tenughat Vidyut Nigam Limited. (TVNL) at Lalpania in Bokaro had to be shut down following snags in its boiler unit.

What’s worse is that the situation is likely to remain unchanged on Wednesday as power officials have said they were waiting for the boiler unit to cool down and would repair it over the next 24 hours.

Figures released by Eastern Load Despatch Centre indicated that following the shut down of the TVNL unit, total generation in the state plunged to 230MW against a peak time demand of over 1,050MW.

Though supplies by DVC aggregated around 100MW and Jharkhand State Electricity Board (JSEB) was drawing around 340MW from the central pool, an uncovered deficit of over 380MW left JSEB with no option but to enforce blackouts across its command area.

Localities in Ranchi, Gumla, Lohardaga, Khunti, Simdega, West Singhbhum, Seraikela-Kharsawan, Latehar, Chatra, Garhwa and Palamau districts suffered power cuts in phases.

“We were forced to shut down one unit early this morning due to snags in its boiler unit. The boiler is very hot at the moment and we are waiting for it to cool down. We would be undertaking repair work over the next 24 hours and hope to bring it back to shape by Wednesday evening,” Ramavtar Sahu, general manager of TVNL, told The Telegraph over phone from Lalpania.

With two units, TVNL has an installed capacity of 440MW. But, following the shut down of one unit, generation has come down to 180MW.