Four units of the Guru Gobind Singh Super Thermal Plant here, each of 210-MW (megawatts) capacity have been put under forced shutdown due to coal shortage.
Two units each of the Bathinda and Lehra Mohabbat thermal power plants are also under forced shutdown due to the same problem.
At all three thermal plants, only two units each are running. Punjab is fully dependent on power generation from the Rajpura and Talwandi Sabo thermal plants.
At the Rupnagar plant, there is coal stock of just 1.5 days. Three coal rakes are expected to arrive daily in the next few days, yet the authorities resorted to a forced shutdown of units to save coal for the ongoing festival season.
According to sources, the power demand in the state was more than 1,630 lakh units on October 7 (Tuesday). Power shortage with restricted supply is more than 80 lakh units, forcing the Punjab State Power Corporation Limited to impose power cuts.
As per the daily generation report, the Rupnagar plant on Tuesday generated around 167 lakh units with an average of 694 MW. The Lehra Mohabbat plant generated 103 lakh units from two of its four units.
The Rajpura plant produced 317 lakh units on Tuesday, while the Talwandi Sabo plant generated 80 lakh units.
Rupnagar thermal plant deputy chief engineer (operation) RP Singh confirmed that the four units of the plant had been closed due to coal shortage. He said the problem had been aggravated by the cancellation of coal blocks by the Supreme Court recently.