Friday, May 4, 2012
Demand-supply gap leading to frequent power cuts: Wesco
FRIDAY, 04 MAY 2012 23:26
PNS | SAMBALPUR
At the same time, the present power cuts are neither intentional nor under the control of the power distributing company, said Wesco Managing Director P Gopal Reddy while talking to reporters here on Wednesday.
With an intention to make the air clear on the power crisis in this region and to respond to the massive public resentment, Reddy and other senior staff of Wesco organised the Press meet to inform the public about the current state of affairs on power supply.
“All the hydropower stations of the State are producing only 12 per cent of their total capacity due to shortage of water in their reservoirs. The result being the Wesco has to suffer heavy losses for it besides earning a bad name,” said Reddy.
The total capacity of the hydropower stations of the State located at Hirakud, Chipilima, Upper Kolab, Balimela, Rengali, Machhkund and Indrabati is 2,062 MW. But practically, these stations are producing only a meager quantity of 250 MW of electricity, which is only 12 per cent of the total capacity, he informed.
For smooth supply of electricity in its entire region, the Wesco needs 950 MW whereas the real availability is only 650 MW. “Hence against our will, power cuts for three to four hours a day have become indispensable,” he said.
Reddy said the Wesco is supposed to collect `3.5 crore in a month towards the electricity bills. But the real collection, in spite of all our efforts and appeals, is only Rs 2. 2 crore. If the consumers pay their dues in time, the company would invest more in modernisation and replace the obsolete machineries for providing better services, he said.
Mohan Kumar Mishra, Ashis Kumar Panda and Devanand Samal of the Wesco also sought public cooperation during this crisis, which, they said, is beyond the control of any distributing company.