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Power Demand Up 30% In April 2022 Compared To Same Month Last Year 2021

Agra: Due to the increase in power demand and the rising mercury, an average of 13 transformers got burnt or went kaput in a day in Uttar Pradesh's Firozabad district in April. A majority of these were 25 kVA (kilovolt-ampere) power converters in urban areas. People had to suffer in the sweltering heat as it takes up to 12-12 hours to replace a transformer.
Power department officials said electricity demand rose by 30% in April, as compared to last year. They confirmed that 390 transformers were replaced last month. Among the transformers replaced were 62 of 10 kVA, 25 of 16 kVA, 124 of 25 kVA, 60 of 63 kVA, 87 of 100 kVA, 18 of 250 kVA, 12 of 400 kVA, and 2 of 630 kVA. There are 3.81 lakh power consumers in the Firozabad district.
The maximum temperature in Firozabad last month remained in the range of 42-44 degrees Celsius, and people started using air conditioners and coolers. Besides, the glass and bangle manufacturing units operated at full capacity.
According to the power department records, electricity consumption increased by 1,000MW in April, compared to the peak power demand of 700 MW in April 2021.
Executive Engineer at state-owned discom Dakshinanchal Vidyut Vitran Nigam Limited, AK Pandey, said, "Due to overloading and hot weather, we are experiencing frequent incidents of transformers getting burnt. Machines installed at substations are also getting tripped. There is no need to worry. We have sufficient transformers available for replacement."
Meanwhile, villagers said they are getting a power supply for less than 12 hours a day. Virendra Singh, a resident  of Fariha village, said, "Since last one month, we have not been able to sleep properly at night."
Ramwati Devi of Kathfori village said, "People are unable to get adequate water supply. Also, frequent power cuts are affecting the grinding of wheat at local flour mills."
Superintendent engineer Harish Bansal said, "In the past one month, cases of transformers going kaput have increased. We are promptly sending teams to fix the faults. Non-functional transformers are being replaced on priority."

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