GUWAHATI, July 22 � The 12-hour shutdown of the 400-Kv transmission line between the Eastern Region and the NE Region resorted to by the Power Grid Corporation of India Ltd (PGCIL) from 5 am today, resulted in a shortfall of around 250 MW of power in the State during the daytime. Today being a relatively hot summer day, the shutdown caused much discomfort to the common people.
In the city, adding to the miseries of the people, the Assam Power Distribution Company Ltd (APDCL) resorted to shutdown of the 132-Kv Bus of Sarusajai Sub-station from 5 am, to meet the urgent demand for segregating the 132-Kv Kahilipara transmission line connected with the Bus, sources in the APDCL said.
Since the Kahilipara transmission line supplies power to most of the city areas, the city continued to receive around 40 MW of power till 12 noon against a demand of around 170 MW. Around 12 noon, it received an additional amount of around 42 MW of power from Meghalaya and this helped a little bit in improving the power situation.
The shutdown of the Sarusajai Bus was discontinued around 3.29 pm. But it was not loaded with power till 6 pm because of the non-restoration of the 400-Kv Eastern Region-North Eastern Region transmission line. The Sarusajai Bus will be placed under a 12-hour shutdown again from 5 am of July 25 for the same purpose, APDCL sources said.
The PGCIL has been resorting to shutdown of the 400-Kv transmission line from 5 am yesterday. But the shutdown was withdrawn at 5 pm yesterday. Today also, a 12-hour shutdown of the transmission line was resorted to by the PGCIL.