Guwahati: Assam is facing a severe power crisis following reduced generation of power by hydel and thermal power stations and also due to damage of two transmission towers in neighbouring West Bengal by a devastating storm.
The state is facing a shortage of 403 MW of power with the peak load hour power demand being 1100 MW as against the available 497 MW, official sources said here today.
The problem has been further compounded with the damage of transmission towers due to storm on the night of May two in Jalpaiguri district in West Bengal that supplies 300 MW power to Assam, the sources said.
The power generating stations in the state has also been affected due to the shortage of gas supply for the thermal power stations and less availability of water for the hydel power stations, sources said.
The Assam Power Distribution Company Limited (APDCL) has been forced to resort to frequent and prolonged power cuts due to the shortage of generation supply, they said.
The situation was likely to improve within a couple of days as work was going on to restore the transmission towers though the gap between the demand and supply of power would remain till the state received adequate rainfall, sources added.