GUWAHATI, June 21 � Intermittent disruptions in power supply for about five hours made life miserable for the people of a vast area in the eastern part of the city from around 8 am today.
According to sources in the Assam Power Distribution Company Ltd (APDCL), the disruptions occurred due to snags in the relay system and current transformer of the Bamunimaidam 33 Kv/11 Kv Substation. However, experts of the APDCL restored the supply around 1 pm by withdrawing the problematic relay system from the supply network.
It needs mention here that residents, business establishments and industrial houses of a vast area comprising Chandmari, Krishnanagar, Amiya Nagar, Nizarapar, Silpukhuri, Sarania, Gandhibasti, Rajgarh, right side of the RG Baruah Road between Chandmari point and Apurba Sinha Path and other localities, had to suffer due to the problem for about five hours.
APDCL sources said that the problem needed time for detection and rectification. For, initially, the team of experts engaged in dealing with the problem, was not sure as to which of the substations was having the problem.
For the problem affected the power supply to the Chandmari 33 Kv/11 Kv Substation from the Narengi Grid Substation, via the Bamunimaidam Substation and hence systems of all the three substations needed to be checked, said the APDCL sources.
Meanwhile, the State is of late facing a shortfall of around 120 MW to 150 MW of power during the peak-load hours. Instances are there when this shortfall touched 200 MW. It is procuring around 120 to 150 MW of power during the peak-load-hours from the open market.
Again, the State is facing a short supply of around 50 MW of power during the off-peak-load-hours. It is procuring around 50 MW of power during the off-peak-load-hours.
At present, the average peak-load-hour power demand of the State is around 1,040 MW, and its off-peak-load-hour power demand is around 750 MW on an average, said Assam State Electricity Board (ASEB) sources.