GUWAHATI, May 25 � The sweltering heat, along with severe power cuts is making life miserable for the people of Assam and there is no chance of improvement in the power situation in the immediate future.
Assam State Electricity Board (ASEB) sources told The Assam Tribune that during the peak period, the State is facing around 350 to 400 MW shortage of power, while the shortage during the daytime is around 200 MW.
Sources said that the National Load Dispatch Centre is presently allowing the entire North East to bring around 500 MW of power, of which around 300 MW is used by Assam and the rest is utilised by the other states of the region. Sources said that the shutdown of the Palatana project in Tripura aggravated the situation and it is not known when the project would start generation. Assam used to get around 120 MW of power from the project.
Sources further said that due to shortage of water, the Karbi Langpi project is generating only around 50 MW, that too during the evening time only, while the units of the Namrup and Kapili power projects are also under shutdown, which aggravated the problem.