GUWAHATI, March 3 � The All Assam Students� Union (AASU) agitation on the issue of alleged non-transparency in recruitment of the Oil India Ltd�s (OIL) unskilled workers, coupled with the short supply of power from the Palatana Thermal Project, has made the power supply position in the State grim since yesterday. This has been stated by sources in the Assam Power Distribution Company Ltd (APDCL).
According to the APDCL sources, the agitation by the AASU members has resulted in the short supply of natural gas to the thermal power stations at Namrup and Kathalguri.
The State is getting around 20 MW of power from the Namrup Thermal Power Station, against the 150 to 160 MW the power station supplies. Similarly, the Kathalguri Power Station is now supplying around 60 MW of power, against the 160 MW it is supposed to supply.
Moreover, there has been around 50 per cent reduction in the supply of power from the Palatana Power Project. The State is supposed to receive 120 MW of power from this Tripura power project.
All these have resulted in the shortfall of around 200 MW of power during the off-peak-load-hour and around 350 MW of power during the peak- load-hour, sources said, adding, the APDCL is procuring between 100 MW and 115 MW of power from the power exchange to meet the situation.