Power discipline necessary or face action, states told

Published: Friday, May 2, 2008, 20:03 [IST]
 

New Delhi, May 2 (UNI) Acting swiftly to stem overdrawal of power by states, the Power Ministry today issued a stern warning asking them to discipline themselves and not to jeopardise the National Grid failing which they would face severe action.

States were warned that with the integrated grid, rampant indiscipline may have extremely serious ramifications for the country as a whole.

In a meeting convened here, Power Secretary Anil Razdan said whenever necessary, the states must resort to suitable and prompt regulations. Priority must be given to drinking water supply, public utility services and essential services if the supply was less than demand.

Today's meeting was convened to discuss the critical condition of the integrated northern/eastern/western and north-eastern grid in the recent past.

Mr Razdan called upon all states generating utilities including NTPC and NHPC to function at optimum level and further suggested that states scout around for untapped captive power units and get them connected to the grid besides maximising liquid/gas generation. Observing that consumers cannot be given a raw deal, he said discoms must take corrective steps to provide better services to consumers and promptly rectify faults.

State Power Secretaries of the northern and western region along with heads of central power utilities attended the meeting. Uttar Pradesh tops the list of states overdrawing power from the grid followed by Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Punjab, Maharashtra and Gujarat in situations when the frequency was as low as 48.0 Hertz.

NRLDC and WRLDC had issued cessation of overdrawal messages last month. According to reports, the top five states are Uttar Pradesh 137, Rajasthan 104, Gujarat 78, Punjab 71 and Haryana 30.

Due to non-implementation of under frequency relays, the situation had arisen despite several regulatory measures taken by NRLDC to restrict overdrawal.

All States have to resort to self discipline observe grid safety requirements, the meeting was told.

The Power Secretary also took note of the fact that some states were not only overdrawing but were not even paying the UI charges. Uttar Pradesh had arrears of Rs 744 crore, Jammu&Kashmir of Rs 664 crore, Madhya Pradesh of Rs 298 crore, Dadra&Nagar Haveli of Rs 125 crore and Daman&Diu Rs 46 crore.

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