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Heat takes toll on power supply

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By OUR CORRESPONDENT
  • Published 14.04.10
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Ranchi, April 13: Soaring temperatures took a toll on power supply in the state capital today as overheated transformers at the Hatia grid forced the Jharkhand State Electricity Board (JSEB) to enforce blackouts throughout Ranchi as a precautionary measure.

Grid officials said due to intense day time temperatures and the subsequent rise in demand for power, two of the three transformers at the Hatia grid got heated up so badly that they had no option but to shut down power supply.

“Overheating causes power lines to trip. In case the lines trip, power cannot be restored within the next 12 to 15 hours till the transformers cool down completely. To prevent such a situation, we had no option but to enforce loadshedding for prolonged periods throughout Ranchi,” a grid official told The Telegraph on condition of anonymity.

In addition, the intense summer heat posed problems for the main transmission lines connecting Ranchi to Patratu Thermal where one main transformer developed a technical snag that forced power officials to reduce supply to Ranchi.

Meanwhile, Jharkhand is set to get a new state-of-the-art load despatch centre (LDC) that would help the state electricity board to keep a tab on every unit of power generated in the state, purchase of power from outside sources and their subsequent sale to various categories of consumers.

The Indian Electricity Act of 2003 makes it mandatory for all states to set up its own state-level load despatch centre to ensure grid discipline.

Insiders revealed that to facilitate setting of a modern LDC, the state energy department had requested the state government to allocate two acres of lands in or around Ranchi. Following the request, the land revenue department earmarked lands for the project at Namkum.