Patiala: The power demand in Punjab has registered an increase of more than 20 per cent with the start of an eight-hour scheduled power supply to tubewells during the paddy season. Interestingly, after the start of the season more than 15 lakh tubewells have started functioning in the state. According to the highly placed sources in the Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL), the number of tubewells in the state has registered an increase because of the state government’s policy to allow connections to small farmers having just two and half acres.
The sources added that with these new connections the state’s power demand would further register an increase. Besides, it would also put a financial burden over the state government in shape of subsidy to PSPCL, they added. Giving details about the increase in the state’s power demand, they further stated that the power demand in state on Wednesday crossed 9,300 MW, showing an increase of more than 2,100 MW and the power supply had also increased by more than 330 lakh units (LUs) this week. The sources added that with the increase in the power demand the PSPCL started thermal units, which it had shut down just to save coal and went in to but purchase cheaper electricity from the open market. They said on wednesday all six units of Ropar thermal plant, four of Lehra Mohabbat plant and two of Bathinda plant were running. PSPCL said that short-term power purchase would be done if need arises. The coal stock at all thermal stations is above the minimum requirement of 21 days during monsoon period. Ropar thermal and Lehra thermal have coal stock of 39 and 30 days, respectively. The Talwandi Sabo and Rajpura thermal plants have coal stocks of 26 and 10 days, respectively.
Power employees threaten agitation
Patiala: Punjab’s power employees organizationPower Employees Federation on Wednesday threatened to launch an agitation in the state if the killers of a power employee Raj Shanker were not nabbed within a week. The state vice-secretary general of the organization, Manjit Singh Chahal, in a statement issued here condemned the killing of Raj Shanker, a lineman with PSPCL. Raj was beaten to death allegedly by BJP leader Rajan Aggarwal and his companions. He urged the Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) and the state government to give Rs 25 lakh to the family of the deceased and job to a kin of Raj as soon as possible.
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