Uttarakhand grapples with power shortage amidst rising temperatures
A surging demand for power amidst rising temperatures has left Uttarakhand grappling with an acute shortage of electricity, forcing long hours of load shedding in the Himalayan state, officials said on Thursday.
The situation has been aggravated by ongoing work on the transmission line between Haridwar and Dehradun, resulting in long power cuts even during the day and growing resentment amongst people in the state capital of Dehradun.
Though the average power demand in the state is between 30-33 million units daily, it has shot up to 40 million units in the past few days, said officials in the Uttarakhand Power Corporation Ltd (UPCL).
The state’s hydro-power projects are able to generate 16 million units every day, leaving a shortfall of around 24 million units.