New Delhi, Aug 5 (IANS) In a sign that the economy is gradually returning back to normalcy after getting severely hit by the Covid-19 pandemic, the rate of decline in electricity generation in the past few months have slowed down in July.
As per data available with grid operator POSOCO, electricity generation fell by 1.8 per cent in July as compared to the much sharper fall of 9.9 per cent in the previous month of June. The generation had also fallen sharply in April, when most parts of the country were under lockdown due to the Covid-19 outbreak.
While the pick in power generation and consumption is a good sign of economic revival, the worrisome part is the decline in July has continued at much faster pace in the latter part of the month. In the first half, the decline in generation was just about 0.6 per cent, but it rapidly increased to 3.1 per cent after July 15.
Power consumption continues to remain slow in the industrial states of Delhi, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka, indicating that things are still far from normal and both economic growth and a pick up in power consumption will take more time to materialise.