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Snags plunge state in darkness

Ranchi, Jan. 31: Large parts of the state was forced to go without power since this morning after one unit of Tenughat Vidyut Nigam Limited (TVNL) at Lalpania in Bokaro district was shut down following snags in its boiler unit.

“We were forced to shut down one unit in the morning following snags in its boiler unit. Repairs have commenced and we expect to light up the unit by tomorrow,” Ramavtar Sahu, general manager, TVNL told The Telegraph over phone from Lalpania.

Sources said tubes in the boiler unit had developed some leakage that led to the breakdown. However, the repair work could not commenced immediately as the boiler was too hot.

TVNL, equipped with two units, has an installed capacity of 440MW. However following the shut down of one unit, output has come down to a paltry 180MW.

Figures released by Eastern Load Despatch Centre indicated the total generation in the state plunged to a low of 306MW against a peak time demand of over 1,050MW.

To match supplies with demands, Jharkhand Vidyut Vikas Nigam Limited began to draw around 340MW of power from the central pool. But an uncovered deficit of over 400MW left the state utility with no option but to enforce blackouts throughout its command area, spread over Ranchi, Gumla, Lohardaga, Khunti, Simdega, West Singhbhum, Seraikela-Kharsawan, Latehar, Chatra, Garhwa and Palamau districts, in phases.

Even the state capital was not spared as all sub-stations in Ranchi resorted to phase-wise load-shedding in all areas of the city.