No shortage of Power for West Bengal
03rd Apr, 2016
There is a dip in the water level at Farakka Feeder Canal due to diversion of water to Bangladesh as per the international treaty. As a result, NTPC has been forced to temporarily stop five units (1600 MW) out of its six units (2100 MW) at Farakka. Currently, one unit of 500 MW is under operation. The situation is likely to continue till April 10. However there will not be any shortage of power to the West Bengal as a result of these closures.
The total allocation to West Bengal from NTPC stations is 786 MW, which can be fully met by NTPC from its stations, if power is requisitioned by the State. In fact, even now Farakka and Kahalgaon Stations are not fully scheduled, leading to partial loading. If required by the State, NTPC can also supply more than its allocation to West Bengal by supplying surplus power from NTPC stations. The State has also surrendered its 199 MW power allocation from NTPC Barh Stage-II (2X660 MW) in the State of Bihar.
In short, enough power is available with NTPC to meet any requirement of the State.
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