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WEST BENGAL-No Respite from Power Crisis

WEST BENGAL-No Respite from Power Crisis

No Respite from Power Crisis ONCE again West Bengal is going through the ordeal of an electricity crisis. The situation is becoming nearly as bad as during those torrid days of April when everything, including the administration, appeared to have gone 'powerless'. According to the prophets of doom, such crises will only recur more frequently during the next couple of years or so. Things wilt take a turn for the better around1981 at the earliest, assuming that they do not get any worse in the mean time. It might be some consolation to the state that what happened to it during September was not an isolated event. The drought that gripped many parts of the country made a deep cut in hydel generation. The Damodar Valley Corporation, which gets almost the whole of its power from hydel units, had to struggle with an acute water shortage in its reservoirs. And whatever little generation it was getting, it had to use to meet the top priority demand of the coalfields, the steel plants and the railways. DVC is supposed to supply 95 MW to the West Bengal State Electricity Board, but during September it could contribute on most days not more than 35 MW or so.

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