New Delhi , June 1:
Power consumption in May declined by 14.16 per cent to 103.02 billion units (BU) compared to 120.02 BU a year ago, mainly due to low demand amid coronavirus-induced lockdown.
However, the slump in power consumption has narrowed down in May to 14.16 per cent from 22.65 per cent recorded April in this year. The entire month of April had witnessed low power demand due to COVID-19 lockdown.
This shows that power consumption has improved after government started giving relaxations for economic activities and mercury soared beyond 45 degree intensifying heat wave in the country.
The data showed that power consumption in April dipped 22.65 per cent to 85.16 billion units (BU) compared to 110.11 BU in the same month a year ago.
The government had imposed lockdown from March 25 to fight the deadly coronavirus in the country. This also resulted in lower commercial and industrial demand in April as well as May.