Mercury soars; power consumption in Kerala breaks all-time record
Thiruvananthapuram: On Tuesday, 8.31 crore units of electricity was consumed by the state. This is the highest ever rate of consumption and has created history. Due to the intense heat, the state requires more than 8 crore units of power every day.
Even when power consumption breaks the records, the Kerala State Electricity Board (KSEB) expects that this summer can be overcome without power crisis. Board chairman N. S. Pillai said that they do not intend to curb consumption by implementing load shedding during the exam and election season.
The water reservoirs have sufficient amount of water for the summer. However, if rain does not start in the first week of June, it is likely to lead to a crisis, N. S. Pillai said. The power consumption exceeded 8 crore units for the first time in March 2016. Only 2.7 crore units of this is generated in Kerala and 5.5 units of power is purchased from outside.
The dams which overflowed during the floods contain water upto only 49 percent of their storage capacity at present. This is sufficient to generate 202.2 crore units of electricity which can be later used in the summer.
Meanwhile, the meteorological centre has warned that the intense heat in Kerala will continue. Temperature in eight districts will be upto 2-3 degrees higher than average till Friday. The rise in temperature is expected in Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam, Pathanamthitta, Alappuzha, Kottayam, Thrissur, Palakkad and Kozhikode districts.
The heat has risen by 2.5 degrees in many places already. The Disaster Management Authority has warned that chances of sunstroke will be higher in the state in these days. People are advised to avoid being exposed to direct sunlight between 11 in the morning to 3 in the evening.