Jamshedpur: Several areas under the command of Jharkhand BijliVitran Nigam Limited ( JBVNL) in the city and its outskirts faced power crisis today due to short supply. JBVNL officials said both the Golmuri and Gamharia power grid sub-stations were getting insufficient power from Ranchi’s central load despatch, resulting in the crisis.
Sources at the Central Load Despatch( CLD), which supplies power in JUVNL cojmmand areas said that TVNL was unable to generate adequate power leading to short-supply in the two power grid sub-stations at Golmuri and Gamharia. While the JUVNL command areas require about120-130 MW power, it is getting a supply of 70-80 MW, leading to erratic supply and prolonged loadsheddings in its command areas in the city and its adjoining areas.
The worst hit were Mango, Sundernagar, Parsudih, Govindpur, Adityapur and several other localities on the outskirts of the city. Residents complained they were being forced to deal with prolonged power cuts. “We had no electricity last night. Hot and humid temperature has made life hell for us. The inverters also gave away after some time,” said Ashok Choudhary a resident of Jugsalai.
Residents of Mango which was getting about 20-hours of power supply had to confront with loadsheddings every two hours. The situation was no better in other JUVNL command areas which faced problems of erratic power supply , prolonged loadsheddings and voltage fluctuations. Blackouts greeted areas like Galudih and Mosabani.
The industrial units at Adityapur and Gamharia, which are dependent on JUVNL, also faced problems, as a majority was unable to meet schedules due to poor power supply. Production was hampered at several small and medium scale units under the Adityapur Industrial Area Development Authority ( AIADA) due to the power crisis. Small units cannot afford production by using generator sets due to cost factor.
“The situation is really pathetic in the country’s biggest industrial hub. Gamharia grid that feeds the Adityapur Industrial Area normally requires an average 130 mega watt but at present the grid is receiving only 40 to 50 mega watt resulting in industries to cut production. Apart from the alternative hour power cut, electricity goes off any time before and after it at unscheduled hours, hitting our production badly,” said M. Ram, an industrialist of Adityapur Industrial Area.
JUVNL officials admitted that the CLD was supplying power much below requirement. The Golmuri sub-station today received 20MW, against a minimum requirement of 35MW. The Gamharia power grid sub-station, which also supplies power to Adityapur industrial area, received 50MW against a requirement of 120MW during peak hours.