Punjab heading towards major power crisis

The power crisis in Punjab has been looming large as demand for electricity has reached near 2,300 lakh units against supply of 1,990 lakh units.

Written by Agencies | Patiala | Updated: February 6, 2014 4:26 pm

The power crisis in Punjab has been looming large as demand for electricity has reached near 2,300 lakh units against supply of 1,990 lakh units.

Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) has increased the tenure of power cuts to three to four hours in all the district headquarters and other places.

The graph of demand of electricity in the state has increased sharply due to scorching heat and delayed monsoon,PSPCL Director (Distribution) Arun Verma told PTI here.

The sharp increase in demand has particularly been in domestic sector,for cooling,and agriculture sector,for paddy plantation and irrigation of other kharif crops.

He,however,said that they cannot rule out the steep hike in power witnessed due to opening of government schools in the state after the month long summer vacations.

When asked about any proposal to ban air conditioners in government offices,change of office timings and extension of summer vacations in government schools,he said,”as of now we have been collecting data from our field offices and would discuss it with our chairman”.

Verma said the official data received of the power consumption till noon yesterday was 2,250 lakh units,100 lakh units more since the preceding day.

It was at an all time high as offices and schools have not opened on Saturday and Sunday.

He said that certainly the demand of power today was at an all-time high and exact figure would be available by tomorrow.

The supply of power in the state was only 1,990 lakh units from all resources with the gap of over 300 lakh units.

He said that all the thermal units have been functioning normally but power supply from hydro units have came down.

The supply from Bhakra,Pong and Dehra dams was only 160 lakh units,which was over 20 lakh units less than previous year.

He said that water level at the Bhakra and Pong dams has hit an alarming low.

Meanwhile,the water level at Bhakra has depleted by around 60 feet and flow of water is half as compared to last year.

On July 1 last year,Bhakra had received 45216 cusec water in its reservoir and water level of 1590.61 feet,while this year,on the very same day,water inflow was recorded at 31,326 cusec and water level hit a new low of 1534.92 feet.

Power generation at Bhakra has also plunged to 20 from 30 lakh units (LU) per day on an average.

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