With the entire country faced with a precarious power situation, the government has admitted to a “gap” in the demand and supply position. Power cuts, violent protests, unscheduled load shedding and black outs in many parts of the country are likely to continue for some time.
According to the Central Electricity Authority (CEA) figures up to May 2010, the country faced a shortage of 10 per cent power in terms of energy and 12.3 per cent in terms of peak power. Despite monsoon setting in, the demand for power is likely to go up with kharif sowing season in full swing and rise in humidity levels.
Countrywide, the demand was 110958 MW against a supply of 97355 MW, a deficit of 13603 MW. “The power generation is not adequate to meet the total requirement and one of the reasons for the shortage is growth in demand for electricity outstripping growth in generation and capacity addition,” according to Minister of State for Power Bharatsinh Solanki.