C Times, 26 August 2017, Agartala
With the Palatana Gas thermal power project shut down since August 20, the state is having a tough time managing with surging demand for power supply.
Power Minister Manik Dey said to reporters that despite the total absence of both units of Palatana power plan for annual maintenance since the last 6 days, there is no shortage of power supply.
“According to latest statistics, the day’s requirement of power was 269 MW. We had supplies to meet the entire requirement”, said Manik Dey. He also added that while Tripura had a total of 418 MW power in its stock, 150 MW out of it went for Bangladesh as per the agreement between Bangladesh and India.
Among the rest 269 MW, the state derived 83 MW power out of its own generation including the Baramura, Rukhia thermal projects, and Gumti hydro electric projects etc. 96 MW power was derived from NEEPCO’s Manarchak thermal power project.
Apart from this, 240 MW power was imported from outside the state. However, Tripura got a cumulative share of 90 MW in this segment too, which necessarily reduces the quantum of power purchased to 150 MW.
The Power Minister said that consumers in the state showed a rising trend of power usage. The daily requirement of 269 MW was recorded this evening. The figure might rise in the night as well.