Poor power generation and increasing deficit are to blame for the ongoing crisis, says Central Electricity Authority (CEA). Power generation in all the regions of India except north have seen a growth during April-May. Western region, which includes Maharashtra, Rajasthan and Gujarat, has recorded 16 per cent growth whereas southern and eastern regions have shown 9 and 8 per cent growth respectively.
Power deficit in northern region jumped to 7.4 per cent in April this year against 5 per cent in April last year. Surprisingly this deficit has seen a decline nationally from 7.4 per cent in April 2013 to April 5 per cent in April 2014.
Urban and rural areas of UP have power cuts up to 12 and 8 hours respectively. CM Akhilesh Yadav says coal shortage has halted power production at many plants. The Centre has assured the state that it will provide coal. Meanwhile, it has asked Yadav to buy power from Jhajjar plant.
Southern states except Tamil Nadu are facing power cuts. Andhra Pradesh has an acute shortfall of 500 MW in peak hours out of total demand of 5800 MW. Similarly, Kerala and Karnataka also have a shortage of 450 and 400 MW respectively during peak hours against demand for 2,600 and 6,600 MW respectively.
"In north India, poor infrastructure further harmed by the storm has brought the situation to this level. Of course, there is power crisis in states like UP but inadequate supply infrastructure force discoms to shed load," said a DTL official.