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Power fuels hope for pleasant summer

Patna, April 12: Summer in Bihar looks to be less harsh with power withdrawal hitting new records for the past few days.

The Met department has predicted scorching weather for the next couple of days. Residents although have respite in the form of improved consump- tion in the face of power availability.

The proof lies in the withdrawal figures the power company has been registering in Bihar over the past week. The state had been drawing around 2,000-2,300MW for the past three-four months. A record of sorts was achieved yesterday, when the Bihar State Power (Holding) Company received 2,536MW during the peak hour of 6pm to 10pm.

North Bihar Distribution Company Ltd and South Bihar Distribution Company Ltd have been registering a record supply and consumption since April 9.

On Wednesday, the power company received 2,435MW and 2,484MW on Thursday during peak hour. Patna received 500MW of power.

According to the forecast of the Met department, maximum temperature in Patna is expected to hover between 38 and 39 degrees Celsius in the next four-five days. The department also said the weather is expected to be dry because of westerly winds, which would mean less moisture content in the air.

Patna recorded 36.4°C on April 9 and 37°C and 38°C on April 10 and April 11, respectively.

Of the average 2,500MW power Bihar got in the past few days, 1,300-1,400MW was received from the central sector against the scheduled allocation of 1,985 MW. Another 1,100-1,200MW was received from other sources, including the Muzaffarpur Thermal Po- wer Station.

The drawing of around 2,500MW has happened for the first time. Power company officials attributed the improvement to the concerted efforts, including strengthening and modernisation of the transmission and distribution network.

“Things have improved significantly on the power front over the past few years. We have been drawing around 2,500MW in the past couple of days. This is record power consumption by the state,” Bihar State Power (Holding) Company deputy general manager (public relations) H.R. Pandey told The Telegraph.

Till seven to eight years ago, Bihar would draw just 700-800MW. A power company official said the company’s efforts paid off with the supply increasing to 1,300MW in 2012 and 1,950MW by the end of 2013.

Residents are taking the improvement with a pinch of salt though. Sanjiv Kumar, a resident of LIC Colony in Kankerbagh, said: “Who can guarantee that power would not play truant in Patna again. Just a few days back, people of west Patna had a harrowing time because of a fault in the transmission line. I think that the government should pay equal attention towards strengthening the system.”