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Technical glitch in OPTC plant drops down power supply in Tripura

Apprehension of power shortage looms large in Tripura following a unit of the gas-based mega power plant of Tripura OTPC Palatana has faced serious technical sang last week.

Because of the snag, the power generation in the project dropped down to half.

Official sources on October 13 said that a team of experts has already reached Palatana and started working on the rectification but could not ascertain the timeline to re-start the optimum power generation. The state government has been importing power from neghibouring states for celebrating ongoing Durga Puja festival, which would be discontinued from October 14.

The demand of power has started declining for last three days after completion of immersion of Durga idols. However, Tripura State Electricity Corporation Ltd (TSECL) officials stated that the pick hour demand of power would not less than 170 MW per day and it would not be sufficient to cater the demand.

A unit of Palatana developed problem on October 5 for which a six-member team of BHEL has arrived and started repairing work on the 363-MW power unit.

Meantime, OTPC authority had to suspend power generation in the unit. Since Palatana power plant is one of the biggest power generation unit, the state has started receiving less power affecting the normal supply of electricity to the state.

However, the state government has assured to continue the supply of 100 MW power to Bangladesh.

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