Ludhiana:Protection and Maintenance department of Punjab State Transmission Corporation Limited chief Charanjit Singh has given complaint to higher authorities regarding the installation of 154 11 kv breakers in Punjab but no action has been taken against this move.
After the unbundling of Punjab State Electricity Board in 2010, there are 2100 breakers in Punjab and in 2017, the breakers have increased to 2750 where as the man power is decreasing.
Importantly, department is least interested to have check over the installation of 11 kv breakers in Punjab. Around 154 unauthorised breakers have been installed without any permission of directors of PSPCL and PSTCL.
630 breakers have been increased in six years whereas numerous number of unauthorised breakers have been installed. Though, unauthorised breakers would lead to multiple incidents as three breakers were engulfed in fire in past months which have turned the loss in around Rs. 5 crore of PSTCL claimed by Charanjit Singh.
A rough figure of unauthorised breakers include 30 in Ludhiana, 50 in Jalandhar, 25 in Patiala, 14 in Amritsar. It is pertinent to mention here that, many unauthorised breakers are regularised with the consent of higher authorities claimed the sources.
According to highly places sources in PSTCL, department officials were hand in gloves for installation of unauthorised breakers which is major drawback in department.
However, PSTCL and PSPCL are already running in loss of crores of rupees and these would again come up with multiple crores loss in future.
On one side, keeping view with numerous number of tripping were done from past years though director technical PSTCL has issued for improving the breakers and shifting of 11 kv breakers from 132 and 220 kv substation. However according to sources, higher authorities should look into the matter.
When contacted Venu Prashad, special principle secretary Power said, “I was not aware about this matter and now proper inquiry will be done regarding the unauthorised installation of breakers”.The unauthorised breakers installed.