GUWAHATI, Aug 1 � The overall power scenario in the State improved today with the shortfall in power supply being reduced to around 280 MW during the peak load hours and a nil shortfall during the off peak load hours, said Assam State Electricity Board (ASEB) sources here.
The State had a peak load hour power demand of 1220 MW and off peak load hour power demand of 750 MW today.
Against this power demand, the total availability of power in the State today was 937 MW. From the Central Sector Generating Stations (CSGS) it receive was to 751 MW of power (NE region 589 MW, Eastern region 162 MW). From the Assam Power Generation Corporation Ltd (APGCL) it receive was to 377 MW and from other sources it received 31 MW of power, sources said.
Significantly, yesterday the NE regional grid supplied starting power to the various generators of the eastern grid. Of the three collapsed grids� Northern, Eastern and Northeastern Grids �- the NE Grid was the first grid to come back to normalcy, because of the support it received from the Namrup and Lakwa Power Stations of the APGCL
Yesterday, the entire crisis resulted from the overdrawal mainly by Haryana (51 per cent), UP (51 per cent) and Punjab (2 per cent) from the Northern Grid. This resulted in the subsequent collapse of the three grids.
This also reflected lack of grid discipline in the country. Only a meagre amount is charged as penalty from the defaulting states, and nobody cares for such penalties. Yesterday incident of collapse of the grids affected 70 million people, which is treated to be the largest grid collapse in terms of number of people affected. In 2003, 50 million people were affected in a similar incident in the US.
That the country has not bothered for appropriation of the non-conventional sources as well as taking recourse to various energy conservation measures, like the demand size management, was reflected by the yesterday incident, said the sources.