Jalandhar: Urging the Punjab Government to acquire a thermal plant of supercritical technology from the existing private power plants, the Punjab Power Engineers Association (PPEA) on Monday said that such an initiative would help in reducing power tariff load on consumers.
The PPEA members said that the state government should acquire the private L&T thermal power plant in Rajpura without any delay, so that the indigenous coal from the state owned Pachwara coal mine in Jharkhand could be used for generating power.
A representation in this regard was already made to the concerned authorities. However, now the PPEA has sought time from Punjab Minister for Power Rana Gurjeet Singh to make this a viable option.
President of the association, Bhupinder Singh said, “Not only the power tariff would become cheaper by 30 paise per unit, it will also save Rs 2000 crore fixed charges currently being paid to the private thermal plants.”
He also said that by making the Pachwara coal mine functional, many candidates would get job opportunities. “The L&T plant in Rajpura plant has shown interest in this initiative. We are hopeful that these suggestions would be considered by the congress government”, he added.
These points were discussed during the zonal meeting of PPEA where more than 100 Engineers from Jalandhar, Hoshiarpur, Nawanshahr and Kapurthala circles took part. They also maintained that Punjab government should adopt UDAY scheme of centre government for financial turn around of PSPCL.
Further, Bhupinder Singh said that there was decline in power theft cases but around 25 percent region of the state was yet to be covered. “The area under West Zone covering Rampura Phull, Tarn Taran, Khemkaran, Sangrur under Ferozepur circle was still facing power theft cases, which should be overcome soon”, he added.
The association members also claimed that by controlling power theft cases in majority parts of the state, the AT&C (Aggregate Technical and Commercial) losses were curtailed by 14 percent. “This was the lowest rate in the country”, he said.
They also observed that the losses of neighbouring states of Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan were in the range of 30 percent, which makes electricity costlier in these states. “However, in Punjab, PSPCL has been able to give uninterrupted power supply to the rural domestic and commercial consumers. Infact, there was no difference between urban and rural power consumers in Punjab now”, he said.
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