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Nothing to cheer about power situation

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Power crisisThe government may have withdrawn the cyclic load-shedding, but the power situation leaves a lot to be desired in the state. According to informed sources in the Kerala State Electricity Board (KSEB), the electricity supply in the state is dwindling by the day as the board heavily depends on outside agencies and the unallocated share from the central pool for power supply a daily basis. As of now, the board has not chalked out any permanent solution to do away with power restrictions.

On Thursday, too, there was a shortage of 150 mw power from the central pool. While there has not been any major capacity addition in power generation since 1996, the consumer base of the board has almost doubled since then.

Many senior officials in KSEB feel that the recent agreement the board signed with NTPC for 180 mw power on the condition that the board will fully bear the fixed cost charges --- would backfire. Though Tamil Nadu and Kerala were sharing the fixed charges for running the plant, TN had recently backed out of the deal citing high cost of power, thus forcing Kerala to bear the fixed cost charges to the tune of Rs 25 crore every month.

Though it was claimed that NTPC had agreed to give 135 mw power at a cheaper cost, it made it clear on Wednesday that KSEB need not pin its hopes on it. As per the agreement, KSEB will have to shell more than Rs 10 per unit for the power it takes from NTPC. The rate is more than the existing cost per unit in open market. This would wreck the financial backbone of KSEB, which is already reeling under Rs 2,000 crore deficit.

A vertical split among senior engineers in the generation department, mainly following the appointment of a junior level officer as KSEB board member (generation), has also made a dent in the boardas efforts to circumvent the present power crisis. The junior officer was promoted as member bypassing more than half a dozen senior officials. As a result, many crucial decisions of generation fail to have the desired results, leading to uncertainty over power situation every day.

Source - Times of India


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