Even as the state's industrialists are battling long power cuts and plan to start an agitation by forming a united front, the Punjab State Power Corporation Ltd plans to install five more power sub-stations of 20 MVA each in the city at an investment of Rs. 170 crore. However, industrialists are unsure of the move will actually work or will turn out to another empty promise.
"It is very difficult to run an industry without power for four days. Workers are leaving for their states as they cannot survive o by working only three day's week. We are in acute difficulty," president of Federation of the Jalandhar Traders and Industrialists' Association, Gursharan Singh said.
However, PSPCL is confident that its plan will work and that the mismatch between power supply and demand will be bridged, after the sub-stations come on-stream.
"We have already identified five areas, where the power load is very high on the existing sub-stations, as per a survey by Larsen & Toubro (L&T). The company has also been given the contract to set up the sub-stations," PSPCL engineer-in-chief (north) SS Sarna told HT.
Sarna added that the sub-stations would be set up at the Leather Complex, Babrik Chowk, Gadai Pur, Industrial Area and Industrial Estate.
"All the five power sub-stations would be set under Restructured Accelerated Power Development Reform Programme (RAPDRP) of the PSPCL."
"The company has been instructed to complete new sub-station within two years."
He added that the new stations would reduce power loads on the existing sub-station by 70%. On problems faced by the industrialists, especially those who own Induction Furnace Units, due to the four-day power cuts a week, the engineer-in-chief added that it was imperative to keep some sort of balance between demand and supply.