After the elections, bad days are here again as unscheduled power cuts are back. The Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) has started regular maintenance of all the feeders from May 1 onwards which is normally done in April.
The elections were the reason to delay this maintenance so as not to annoy the voters.
On Monday, unscheduled power cuts were observed in various parts of the city, and maintenance was cited as the main reason by Chief Engineer Rachpal Singh.
He said, “We will not impose cuts for more than 4 hours in any part of the city, and our work has been in such a manner.” He added that they wanted to maintain all the feeders before the paddy season.
Singh denied any link with the polls. Asked why this delay was caused, he said, “We were comfortable with power supply and hence it was planned for May.”
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However, since temperature was less in April, maintenance would have been much easier for PSPCL as well as general consumer as well.
Out of 14 thermal plants, eight are lying closed in Punjab for want of coal as the company providing coal share to Punjab has stopped supplying it since April 11. This too is the reason for planning maintenance instead of imposing power cuts. “It will be to kill two birds with one stone. PSPCL’s power shortage loopholes will not be revealed and maintenance will also be done,” said consumers in Sarabha Nagar.