After imposing two-day compulsory weekly powercuts on the industry and unscheduled powercuts in domestic areas,the medium scale units have now been are asked to pay advance consumption deposits (ACDs).
Till now,only largescale units with a load of 100 KW and above units were covered under this scheme. But the recent power bills received by medium scale units with power load of 20 KW and above shows these have also been brought under this scheme. That too,without any official intimation.
According to rules,ACD means paying an advance deposit of one-and-a-half month,calculated on the basis of the average power consumption in one year. Till now,the medium units have deposited security as per the load sanctioned. While several old units had deposited Rs 35 per KW,a few others had deposited Rs 140 per KW.
Gurmeet Singh Kular,president of United Cycles Parts and Manufacturers Association,said: It is surprising that PSPCL has sent bills to medium units charging advance consumption deposits. They are adjusting the already paid security and hence,are asking the industrialists to pay the balance amount. This is not justified. We are already reeling under losses due to powercuts and now this additional burden. We will meet the chief minister regarding this.
Anup Jain,an industrialist said he has been asked to pay advance consumption deposit worth Rs 2.69 lakhs,while his total load is 97 KW. Gurdev Singh,another industrialist,added: I have been asked to pay Rs 1.77 lakh advance consumption deposits against my 95 KW load.
When contacted,a PSPCL official,on condition of anonymity,said that they have not formally imposed advance consumption deposits on medium units. If people have got bills with added charges,they can contact PSPCL, he said.
Over 30,000 medium scale units are located in the state,out of which,nearly 9,000 are in Ludhiana alone.
PSPCL announces scheduled powercuts
After imposing unscheduled cuts for more than a month,Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL),on Friday,announced scheduled power cuts in various parts of the state. As per the official press release,powercuts of as long as three hours will be imposed in Sangrur,Jalandhar,Hoshairpur,Khanna,Ropar Mohali,Gurdaspur and Faridkot. Two hour staggered cuts will take effect in Ludhiana while rural areas can expect four hour powercuts
The press release added that due to unprecedented dry weather and high temperature,demand for power has increased far more than anticipated. It was estimated that demand would touch 1,900 lakh units (LUs/day). However,the demand has crossed 2,150 LUs/day.
Situation might improve after a 210 MW thermal plant in Ropar is fully functional.