Ludhiana:Multiple tripping in the electricity substations and feeders are causing tension to the farmers as paddy season is about to come. There is regular need of power supply during paddy season and requesting the Punjab State Power Corporation Limited and PSTCL to have proper back for the upcoming paddy season.
Due to poor maintenance of electricity wires and other joints near substations and at feeders, farmers have to suffer from several problems. As several cases of wheat burning come up due to sparking of wires.
Pavitarpal Singh Pangli, president Borlaug Farmers Association, Punjab said, “Several cases of wheat crop burning come up in Punjab every year due to spark in the wires. Punjab State Transmission Corporation Limited (PSTCL) should maintain proper as this is the result of poor maintenance”.
“There is another issue of regular tripping in feeders and substations due to which load in electricity pumps increases and decreases which results in short circuit. I am requesting the newly elected Congress government to look into the matter, so that farmers would not suffer from any problem in upcoming paddy season” added Pangli.
According to highly placed sources in department, there were around 2.07 lakh tripping in year 2014- 2015 and around 2.10 lakh tripping in year 2015-2016. Though, there are chances of increase in tripping this year. PSTCL and PSPCL should look into the matter properly so that farmers would not suffer from any problem.
On being contacted PSTCL, Protection and Maintenance wing chief Charanjit Singh said, “We are having proper back up despite shortage in staff in our department as no new recruitment is done from past three years. Tripping were done in lakhs in past two years and we are taking care this year so that less number of tripping would be done so that farmers would not suffer from any problem”.
As paddy season starts from June 15 and wheat procurement starts at the mid of April though authorities should take special measures so that farmers would not suffer from any problem.
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