MP's thermal power unit damaged

"The 500 MW unit of Sanjay Gandhi Thermal Power Station of Madhya Pradesh Power Generating Company Limited (MPPGCL), in Umaria district, has gone out of order following the tube leakage two days back," a top official of MP State Electricity Board (MPSEB), said.
He said that the repair work is going and the unit is expected to re-start energy generation by September 22.

The official said that the unit's failure would make little impact on power scenario given the rise hydel power generation following good rains.
The load-shedding has come down in the state as the electricity demand has gone down from about 5,000 MW to 4500 to 4600 MW .

With good rainfall, he said that the hydel power stations have started generating power while demand from the agriculture sector has dipped sharply.
However, he admitted that the shortage of over 1000 MW still exists during peak hours in Madhya Pradesh.

He said load-shedding of two, seven and nine hours prevails in the state's district, tehsil headquarters and rural areas respectively. No power cuts were taking place in the divisional headquarters, he said.

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