Lucknow, March 27 -- The lockdown has brought down power consumption in Lucknow by almost 45%.

The officials of Uttar Pradesh Power Corporation Limited (UPPCL) attribute it to closure of government offices, factories, business establishments, hotels, restaurants, malls, cinema halls, auditoriums, shops and markets.

They, however, fear this may cause a huge financial loss to Lucknow Electricity Supply Administration (LESA).

"Going by the figures of previous years the maximum demand in March was between 1200 MW to 1300 MW a day. However, amid lockdown, the demand this year in the same period is hovering between 550 to 650 MW," said Madhukar Varma, general manager (GM), Cis-Gomti, LESA.

The cause in reduction of demand is mainly due to loc...