Power Demand And Production Plummet Amid Coronavirus
According to new data of the Central Electricity Authority, 3,417 mega units of electricity was produced in the country on March 16, 2019, but on March 16, 2020, the production reduced to 3,309 mega units. Due to the outbreak of the coronavirus, schools, colleges, shopping malls, theatres, gyms, swimming pools and cinema halls in most cities of the country have been closed. While all shopping malls have been closed in Delhi, the city of Kalaburagi in Karnataka and four cities in Maharashtra have been placed under lockdown. Under these circumstances, economic activities have slowed down and the demand for electricity is falling. Ups and downs in the production of and demand for electricity in the country have been witnessed for some time now. According to government data, there had been a decline of 5% in the demand for electricity between October and November 2019. In October 2019, the demand for electricity was 1,79,159 megawatt, which fell to 1,56,113 megawatt in November 2019. In January and February this year, electricity demand had increased by 10.8% but now figures have keeled over again. On February 16, 2020, 3,439 mega unit electricity was produced, which fell to 3,309 mega units on March 16, 2020. It is believed that the pace of production and consumption of electricity could slow down further in the financial year 2020.
Power demand and #production plummet in the country amid fears of #Covid_19 which is bringing the economy to a standstill@RaGa_reports #COVID #CoronavirusOutbreakindia #CoronaVirusUpdate— GoNewsIndia (@GoNews_India) March 20, 2020
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