New Delhi: The miseries of Jharkhand residents reeling under acute power crisis are unlikely to end soon as the state faces an electricity shortage of 300mw per day.

According to a recent estimate by the Central Electricity Authority (CEA), “The demand and supply mismatch in the power sector of Jharkhand may worsen the situation in coming days.”

The state will require 3,135 mw of electricity for the financial year 2011-12, whereas the power demand will go up to 4000 mw in 2014-15 and it is expected to surge to 5,870 in 2020-21.

The Ministry of Power believes the state has great potential to generate electricity and has given nod to several private and public sector’s power projects in the state. The projects include Tata Power Limited and Damodar Valley Corporation’s two units of 1050 mw in Maithan.

Tata Power’s 120 mw unit in Jojobera is almost complete, while other projects which have been approved include 2,000 mw capacity thermal power unit in Tiruldih, 1000 mw thermal power plant in Dumka, 4000 mw Tilaiyya Ultra Mega Power Project in Hazaribagh, 2000 mw Thermal Power Project in Chandwa by Essar Power Ltd, 1200 mw power project in Palamu district.

Even if no obstacle is created in the land acquisition process or clearance from Ministry of Environment and Forests, the aforesaid units will take another six to seven years to start power generation.

As it takes a long time to set up mega power projects, the Ministry of Power has proposed to set up small hydro power projects in Jharkhand.

(JPN/Bureau)