By OUR STAFF REPORTER
DEHRADUN, 30 Apr: Uttarakhand Power Corporation Ltd (UPCL) today claimed that due to the international crisis, the prices of coal and gas had risen sharply to unprecedented and unexpected level, creating a power shortage in the state and elsewhere in the country. The power corporation has further stated that due to temperatures rising to above normal levels already in April itself, there was a sharp rise in the demand which had further widened already a big gap between the availability of the power and the demand. In a statement issued today, the UPCL stated that tomorrow, that is on 1 May, 2022, against the total estimated demand of electricity 45.47 MU, the total power availability from the state and central pools is likely to be 32.13 MU only which meant an overall shortage in availability of power to the tune of 13.34 MU. The Power Discom stated that with the aim of providing smooth power supply to the respected consumers, provision had been made to purchase 13.66 MU power through Energy Exchange programme. It further claimed that the power supply would be normal from tomorrow onwards except in some unavoidable or unforeseen circumstances. UPCL has also said that it was concerned about the consumers’ woes and trying its best to resolve the problem in this hour of crisis. It has also appealed to the people of the state to use electricity judiciously and save power to the extent possible.