GUWAHATI, May 23 - Natural calamities and line faults in the Assam Electricity Grid Corporation Ltd (AEGCL) have been recognised as the factors responsible for power failure in several parts of the State in the past about one week.
During the same period, the Assam Power Distribution Company Ltd (APDCL) also had to resort to load-shedding in several parts of the State because of short supply of power and repairs of an AEGCL grid sub-station.
APDCL Chief General Manager (CGM) Sanjay Bhowmik told The Assam Tribune that natural calamities like storm and heavy rainfall resulted in power failure in the Lower Assam districts of Goalpara and Dhubri and in the Upper Assam district of Sonari in the past one week.
On the other hand, repairs at the Sarusajai grid sub-station of the AEGCL, load-shedding was resorted to by the APDCL in Guwahati areas between 6 am and 9 am of May 19. Short supply of power also compelled the APDCL to resort to load-shedding in Guwahati between 10 pm and 12 midnight on May 21.
Severe load-shedding was resorted to by the APDCL in the Lower Assam areas between 6 pm and 10 am on Wednesday, due to technical snags occurring in the high voltage power line of the AEGCL between Salakathi and Kokrajhar, said the APDCL CGM, adding that load-shedding to the tune of 60 MW was resorted to.
The APDCL CGM maintained that it was expected that there would be no further load-shedding in the State. However, power failure, due to natural calamity-induced line fault, cannot be ruled out, he said.