Worst power shortage in Maharashtra & UP
The states of Maharasthra and Uttar Pradesh (UP) suffer the worst power shortages in entire India according to an analysis by Assocham. The two states face power deficit of 2609 million unit and 1351 million unit respectively, says the analysis.
Chandigarh, Himachal Pradesh and Delhi including Rajasthan are states which are power deficit by respective 1 MU, 4 MU and 19 MU in the Northern region. Jammu and Kashmir is the only State which faces zero power deficit as it’s power requirement is that of 900 MU against the availability of 900 MUs in northern part of the country.
Uttarakhand which is considered a power surplus state, in reality it has been facing an average power deficit of 86 million unit as its power requirement is estimated at 749 MU against availability of 663 MUs in the month of April 2010.
Releasing the Assocham assessment on power supply position in the month of April 2010, Secretary General, DS Rawat said that average power requirement of State of Maharashtra is estimated at 12,132 MUs against it’s availability of 9523 MUs.
The power requirement of State of Uttar Pradesh is around 6559 MUs while it’s availability is about 5208 MU. It is because of huge differential between power requirements and it’s availability, these two states in general face daily power shortages, exceeding 10 hours in a day, pointed out Mr. Rawat.
The Assocham has recommended acceleration in power generation as also suggested harnessing of resources in non-conventional areas which include wind, solar, tidal etc. It also feels that power transmission network need to be further strengthened in a manner that power theft is discouraged.