Patratu blow to capital, districts

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  • Published 29.03.10

Ranchi, March 28: Technical snags forced a shutdown at Patratu Thermal Power Station in Ramgarh, plunging the capital and 11 districts into darkness today. The situation is unlikely to improve in the next four days.

“All three units of the plant, generating around 150MW, had to be shut down after a capacitor that ensures power synchronisation developed snags. The total generation now stands at a mere 25MW. Repair work has started, but the situation will become normal only by April 2,” P.N. Singh, the general manager of the thermal power plant, said.

With Patratu out of circulation, the total generation in the state has plummeted to 205MW (180MW from TVNL) against a peak-time demand of 900MW. To match demand with supply, the JSEB drew around 300MW from the central pool though with an uncovered deficit of over 400MW.

As a result, blackouts have been enforced in 11 out of 24 districts falling under the JSEB command area. The victims are Ranchi, Khunti, Simdega, Gumla, Lohardaga, Chatra, Garhwa, Latehar, Palamau, Seraikela-Kharsawan and West Singhbhum. Residents of Gumla, Chatra, Lohardaga, Palamau and Simdega complained that with no power for most part of the day, they were forced to do without drinking water. In Lohardaga, the Bar association has threatened an agitation over water crisis.

The capital wasn’t spared either. Power cuts started early in the morning. High-rises ran out of water while residents were stranded on elevators in several areas.