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Early monsoon leads to dip in power demand
The early arrival of monsoon in Punjab and Haryana has led to a dip in power demand by more than 50%.

The power demand in Punjab and Haryana increases drastically with the start of paddy transplantation. Eight-hour power supply for agriculture sector in Punjab and Haryana started on June 10 and June 15 respectively.

The power demand in Punjab had picked up with the eight-hour power supply for agriculture sector to more than 2000 lac units daily. The power demand in Haryana was set to rise from June 15 but pre-monsoon coupled with early arrival of monsoon has led to dip in power demand.

The power demand in Punjab has come down to 1092 lac units from 2010 lac units few days back. Seven thermal units in Punjab were closed following dip in demand. These included four units of Ropar thermal plant, two of Lehra Mohabattt thermal and one at Bhatinda thermal.

In addition to this, one thermal unit each at Ropar and Bhatinda are under breakdown. On June 18, one unit at Ropar and Lehra Mohabatt has been revived.

In Haryana, eight thermal units were forced to shut down following heavy rains in the state. The daily power demand has decreased to 935 lac units from 1450 lac units. The power demand was expected to touch 1700 lac units from June 25.

Only two units, one at Panipat and other at Khedar, are operating today. At Panipat thermal plant, five units (unit no. 6, 7, 2, 3 and 4) has been closed while one unit each at Khedar and Yamuna Nagar has also been closed on no demand.

One unit at Yamuna Nagar is on forced outage following turbine problem on June 3. Three engineers were suspended for lapse on their part. Now charge-sheets are being framed a number of engineers including senior engineers. Chief engineer has been transferred after the incident.

On a whole, power demand in northern region has come down to 6721 lac units from 8910 lac units. There is no power shortage in most of northern states except Uttar Pradesh. The system frequency remains high for most of times and UP cannot overdraw free power because of restrictions.

The heavy rains in Himachal Pardesh has led to forced closure of six units of Naphtha Jhakri and three units of Jai Parkash Hydro due to high silt level in rivers. All the nine units are of 250 MW each.

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