Tribune News Service
Patiala, November 4
The Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL), which is facing coal shortage due to farmers’ agitation, is imposing power cuts ranging from four to five hours in villages and one to two hours in cities. Criticising the PSPCL, former senior officials said, “Despite adequate power in the open market, the PSPCL is imposing outages.”
Patiala, Ludhiana, Jalandhar, Sangrur and Amritsar cities faced power cuts on Wednesday morning.
The PSPCL claims that it faces a shortfall of 1,000 MW of power following closure of private thermal plants.
Meanwhile, Punjab has started a unit each of its own thermal plants at Ropar and Lehra Mohabbat, which are supplying power but at over Rs 4 per unit as compared to Rs 3 per unit available through exchange.
The situation worsened on Tuesday when one unit of GVK that was operational around noon headed for shutdown by 5 pm when the coal stock almost ran out. Other private power plants — NPL and TSPL — have already exhausted their coal supplies and are out of operation. PSPCL CMD A Venu Prasad said they were trying to meet the shortage by buying more power, but sometimes their bids were refused.