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Only rains can end power cuts

Ranchi, June 11: Jharkhand power board chief S.N. Verma has said that load shedding would continue till the advent of monsoon rains as rising temperatures were damaging infrastructure and disrupting supply.

“We are helpless in the face of rising temperatures,” Jharkhand Urja Vikas Nigam Ltd (JUVNL) chairman S. N. Verma said today, breaking his silence for the first time in two weeks since the power crisis gripped most parts of the state.

“Though we have sufficient power at our disposal (from internal generation and power purchases from outside sources), power supplies are being disrupted as rising day time temperatures of 40 to 45 degrees are melting conductors, snapping overhead transmission lines, overheating and burning out transformers. Even generating stations are being affected as units are being forced to shut down due to overheating,” he said.

He said whenever an overhead line snapped or a conductor melted, there was disruption in power supply. Restoration work, he added, was immediately taken up though it was a time consuming process.

“I, therefore, appeal to all our consumers to maintain calm and not take the law in their hands. Disruption of power supply means loss of revenue for us, which we can hardly afford. Every effort is being made to ensure normal power supplies,” Verma said, adding that Delhi was facing its worst crisis, too, because of the ongoing heat wave.

The sale of air conditioners, he added, had gone up by more than 400 per cent across the state. And Ranchi was mirroring this trend, its daily power demand having spiked to 220MW from 180MW .

“While summer temperatures are on the rise, the increase in demand is putting an additional load on transformers leading to disruptions.

“Switch off lights, fans and air conditioners every time you go out of the room. Those working in offices need to ensure that even computers are switched off during lunch hours,” he advised.

Hopefully, the misery would end soon. As per Met office predictions, monsoons are likely to arrive over Jharkhand by June 18.

JVM protests

Ranchi/Jamshedpur: The JVM today began a two-day dharna before JUVNL zonal offices in Giridih, Dumka, Daltonganj, Jamshedpur and Dhanbad. It, however, spared Ranchi and Hazaribagh.

JVM president Babulal Marandi himself led the protests in Giridih. In Jamshedpur, JVM workers also took out a rally.