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High power costs shock Telangana

High power costs shock Telangana
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As the demand for power in the southern states is on the rise, the power purchase cost for Telangana has risen to Rs 4 per unit from Rs 2 per unit two mo­nths ago, portending an ominous future. 

Hyderabad: As the demand for power in the southern states is on the rise, the power purchase cost for Telangana has risen to Rs 4 per unit from Rs 2 per unit two mo­nths ago, portending an ominous future.

The price of the powe­r per unit reached Rs 4.29 per unit on Monday, indicating the rising demand in the southern states. Fortunately, Telangana needed just 53 MW on Monday to meet the unrestricted demand.

In fact, the price of power has been on the rise for the past two weeks, ranging between Rs 2.10 per unit and Rs 3.90 per unit. The state is purchasing 250 MW to 350 MW per day to meet the demand.

Director of Transmission Corporation of Telangana C Srinivasa Rao told The Hans India that the growing demand for power in southern states was the reason for the rise in the price of power.

He said that the price would be determined on the demand and supply equation. The cost of power in the power exchanges remained Rs 2.60 per unit in the northern states as the demand in that region was low.

The distribution companies of the state -- The Southern Distribution Company and the Northern Distribution Company -- supplied about 134 MUs of power on Sunday, meeting an unrestricted peak demand of 6,584 MW.

The demand for power in the state has remained between 130 MU and 142 MU for the past two months. Two months ago, the demand went up to 172 MU per day, which was a record.

The officials of Discoms said that the demand was high in the State due to enhanced agriculture sector consumption as crop cultivation had reached the fag end of the kharif season.

Even though the demand in the domestic sector had come down due to the onset of winter, the overall demand remained high with the demand from agriculture, industrial and commercial sectors.

As the government was determined to supply power round-the-clock to the domestic and industrial sectors, the distribution companies were forced to buy power every day at the power exchange.

On the other hand, power generation in the hydel power stations had come to a halt, though they were supposed to meet a demand of 45 MUs per day.

The Discoms were depending on the Genco thermal power stations, central generation stations, state’s share in the AP government’s pow­er generation, independent power producers, and on the open market to meet the demand for power.

The officials expressed fears that the price might keep rising in the next two to three months as the hydel power generation had been stopped in most of the southern states.

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