Thiruvananthapuram: Power Minister K Krishnankutty said that the power restriction imposed at night in the state is for two days only. The minister said an alternative solution has been found to address the current crisis caused by the coal shortage.
The state currently has a shortfall of 200 MW. The crisis can be overcome by imposing a 15-minute curfew. The minister said an agreement has been reached with a company in Andhra Pradesh to provide more power and in the current scenario, the Kozhikode thermal power plant will also be operational.
The country is facing a shortfall of 10.7 gigawatts due to increased demand for electricity and reduction in thermal power generation due to coal shortage. The state expects 4580 MW of power from 6.30 pm to 11.30 pm today. However, it is estimated that there will be a shortfall of 400 to 500 MW. The Minister also requested all consumers to co-operate to minimize power consumption at night to minimize power outages.
Currently, 14 states have more than one hour of load control. KSEB said that with the arrival of 200 MW of power from Andhra Pradesh to the state and the commissioning of the Kozhikode thermal power plant, normalcy will be restored within two days. KSEB also requested all customers to turn off the three switches at home from 6 pm to 11 pm in the current situation.
KSEB has informed that there is a possibility of imposing 15 minute power cut between 6.30 pm and 11.30 pm today. Essential services in urban areas, including hospitals, have been exempted from electricity control.