A MONTH after closure of thermals owned by Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL), the contracts of 48 employees, working at Guru Nanak Dev Thermal plant in Bathinda, were not renewed.
The PSPCL decided to close its own thermals from October reasoning that power fraom private players were cheaper.
Gursewak Singh, President of joint forum of thermal plant employees said, “A total of 96 contractual employees are working in Bathinda.
We knew this would happen. To start with, they have targeted contract employees and hence in the later stage they will focus on regular employees, who are around 1400 in the Bathinda plant. We are over 25,000 employees in all the three thermals of PSPCL at Bathinda, Ropar and Lehra Mohabbat.”
There are a total of 14 units in these thermal plants with a generational capacity of 2,560 mega watts (MW) of power. Instead, the corporation is buying power from private thermal plants operational in Talwandi Sabo, Rajpura and Goindwal Sahib. The PSPCL is liable to purchase from private thermals for 25 years as per the agreement signed before commissioning of these thermals. The full generation capacity of these thermals is, however, 3,870 MW – much more than public thermals.