Shimla: With the state managing to secure 100 MW of additional power from the central unallocated pool, HP State Electricity Board announced doing away with all peak load restrictions that had been imposed since start of November.
RK Jain, HPSEB chairman disclosed the additional power had become available since 13th December after chief minister Prem Kumar Dhumal had intervened and secured the supply from the central government.
The decision to life restrictions on industrial consumers was taken at a high level meeting chaired by the chief minister on Wednesday, he added.
Anurag Prasher, HPSEB spokesman said that the board had decided to lift all the peak load restrictions in place from 6.30 PM to 9.30 PM with immediate effect.
All industrial consumers now can avail peak load exemption to suit their requirements for the entire winter period, he added.
Shortages in hydro generation in winter made load shedding particularly for industries a compulsion each year. “Such arrangement has been facilitated by HPSEB for its industrial consumers for the first time, claimed Prasher.
To overcome power shortages 440 million units were being taken from Panjab, Haryana and Delhi under forward banking arrangement and another 300 MU under contra banking arrangements from Panjab and Haryana, the spokesman disclosed.
The government by supplying 200 MW to Punjab and Haryana from July to August was helping to tide over shortages as it is being returned during the winter months.
The additional 22 lakh units made available by the central government would not only help industry but would also provide uninterrupted supply to domestic consumers as well, the spokesman said.