GUWAHATI, May 19 – In the face of the public outcry, the Assam State Electricity Board (ASEB) and its successor Assam Power Distribution Company Ltd (APDCL) have finally revealed the exact amount of deficit in power supply the State is witnessing these days and have also decided to purchase power from the open market to meet the shortfall.According to a press statement issued by the APDCL, the peak load hour power demand of the State during these days is 1040 MW, while that of the off peak hour is 670 MW. The shortfall in power supply during the off peak hour is around 190 MW and during the peak load hour it is around 350 MW.
In view of the acute shortage of power, the APDCL has decided to purchase 150 MW of power during the peak load hour, between 6pm and 11pm, and 50 MW during the off peak load hour, between 2pm and 5pm, respectively,
from the open market on day to day basis.
This amount of power from the open market is being purchased at double the normal rate of procurement made by the company, said the APDCL in its statement. It is expected that this procurement of power will ease the present power situation to a great extent, the APDCL said.
It needs mention here that the sources in the ASEB have been maintaining till date that the shortfall was around 150 MW to 200 MW.