Regional (M.P & C.G)

Load-shedding Hours Likely to Go up in MP

The power cuts in divisional headquarters in state may witness an upward trend as the gap between the demand and supply of power widens.

As of now, division headquarters, excluding Bhopal face power cuts for two hours daily, said sources, adding this is likely to increase to three hours.

According to sources, the Madhya Pradesh State Electricity Board (MPSEB) currently is giving final touches to a new load-shedding plan to be forwarded to the state government for approval.

The MPSEB’s move to prepare the load-shedding plan has come after Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan last week asked the top energy department officials to go for a scheduled power cuts instead of unscheduled ones so as to facilitate the public in general.

“I will not comment on new scheduled power cuts plan as it has not yet been submitted to the government,” Energy Department Additional Secretary, R B Agrawal said.

He, however, said the scheduled power cuts plan may be in place in a day or two.

Under the new load-shedding schedule, the divisional, district and tehsil headquarters, besides rural areas are likely to witness power cuts for three, five, 12 and 14 hours daily respectively, sources said.

Power crisis in the state has deepened and the electricity shortage during the peak and off peak hours has crossed over 1500 MW and 700 MW respectively.

The power generation in the state has been hit due want of water in reservoirs, pumped into power producing stations, especially hdyel power projects, following last year’s scanty rainfall.

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