With paddy season in full swing,the Punjab State Power Corporation Limited on Monday imposed two-day compulsory weekly offs on general industry and three-day weekly off on induction furnaces in the state.
Fed up with erratic power supply,a delegation of All Industries and Trade Forum met Chief Engineer K M Sharma on Monday. Gurmeet Singh Kular,convenor of this forum and president of United Cycles Parts and Manufacturers Association,said,Apart from the compulsory weekly offs which will start from tomorrow onwards on the industry located in designated industrial areas,the industrialists in mixed land use areas have been facing huge power cuts for the past three days,especially during night hours. Power supply remained off for most of the time during night hours for the past three days.
The 220 kva Lalton Feeder,which supplies power to almost half of Ludhiana city,has been linked with special protection relay with the northern grid. Hence,due to low frequency,tripping occurs at this feeder and many other feeders in the city.
On Monday,power cuts of more than five hours were witnessed in a large part of the city and most of the power cuts were unscheduled. The PSPCL authorities indicated that the demand had crossed 2,300 lakh units in the city while the availability was of only 2,100 lakh units. Therefore,to cover the gap,power cuts were being imposed.
While the industrialists demanded that weekly offs imposed on the industry must be withdrawn,farmers were also seen complaining that they were receiving only five-six hour power supply for paddy.
The industrialists complained that despite the government assurance,more than 500 applications from Janta Nagar alone were lying pending with the PSPCL which were related to new power connections and extension of load.
The Chief Engineer assured them of getting this work done soon.