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Most power cuts in 2021-22 witnessed by Rural Himachal Pradesh and Urban J&K

Arunachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand were the worst affected areas in Urban areas.

Arunachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand were the worst affected areas in Urban areas. The most suffered areas in rural regions turned out to be Uttar Pradesh, Karnataka, and Haryana.

New Delhi: The list was topped by Himachal Pradesh with being the city with maximum average hours of power cuts in rural areas last year. According to power and new and renewable energy minister R.K, the list was followed by Uttar Pradesh, Karnataka, and Haryana. The most number of power cuts in urban areas was experienced by Jammu and Kashmir followed by Arunachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand. Shared by the minister, this data was available till October 2021 in parliament.

Himachal Pradesh’s rural areas witnessed 2,563 hours of power cuts in 2021-22. This number was a little lower than 2,981 hours and 3,056 hours in 2020-21 and 2019-20. Similarly, the marginal decline of 1,750 hours of power cuts last year was witnessed by Uttar Pradesh as compared to 2,762 hours and 2,550 hours in the last two years.

According to the data shared by the minister, rural areas of many other states have reported drastic improvements over the years. For instance, in 2021-22 Rajasthan reported 468 hours of power cuts, in comparison with 961 hours and 988 hours of power outages in 2020-21 and 2019-20. The time reported by West Bengal was 47 hours of power cuts last year, in comparison to 341 hours of power outages in the last two years. In 2018-19, the state reported 2123 hours of power cuts.

Odisha saw a massive improvement in the coming two years and witnessed 998 and 30 hours of power outages in comparison to 1,458 hours of power cuts in rural areas in 2019-20. Similarly, Maharashtra also witnessed major improvement with only 277 hours of power cuts in its rural areas in 2021-22 in comparison to 1107 hours in the last year.

An increase in power cuts over the years was witnessed by some urban areas including Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, and West Bengal. As reported 50 hours of power cuts in 2021-22 were witnessed by  Chhattisgarh as compared to six hours in the previous two years.

Rajasthan witnessed 24 hours of power cuts the previous year, compared to six hours. However, a major improvement was witnessed by the state since 2019-20 when it reported just 43 hours of power cuts.

When we talk about New Delhi, the data says this– apparently where people are supposed to get “zero power bill”, it was seen that up to 200 units of electricity and a subsidy of Rs 800 for consuming 201 to 400 units of monthly electricity was not available to avail.

https://thewire.in/energy/rural-himachal-pradesh-urban-jk-saw-most-power-cuts-in-2021-22-govt

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