Though Punjab on Wednesday again was overdrawing nearly 300 MW more from its schedule allocation from Northern Grid, it has strongly denied that it was responsible for the grid failure and accused Uttar Pradesh and Haryana for grid failure by releasing data to support its claims.
While addressing a press conference, KD Chaudhri, chairman cum managing director, PSPCL in order to clear misgivings about the role of state of Punjab in the above failures, disclosed that at the time of first failure, the frequency of the grid was 50.46Hz and Punjab was drawing only 5.5% (250 MW) above its schedule whereas Haryana was overdrawing 25.5% and UP 20.8%.
Giving details of second grid failure Chaudhri informed that frequency at the time of second failure was 49.7Hz and Punjab was drawing over its schedule by 1.2% (51 MW) whereas Haryana was overdrawing 22.4% and UP overdrawing 6.4%.
"The date clearly shows that the UP and Haryana are main states, which overdraft and led to grid failure", he said.
"In both failures, we drew power below 5400 MW, which is our limit set by the NRLDC", said he.
Chaudhri further informed that the state of Punjab is able to impose lesser power cuts while keeping the overdrawl within limits because the management has in advance tied up for short term power purchases of 3200MU. Furthermore, after learning about deficient rains this year it went for more short term purchases and made arrangements of 1100MU of more power.
These arrangements are saving PSPCL from resorting to heavy overdrawl whereas some of the neighbouring states which did not foresee and made no short term purchases have been left with no alternative but to overdraw to meet their demand.
He informed that warning–C by NRLDC, which is considered serious has never been given to Punjab during 10 July to 17 July whereas it has been given 4 times to Uttar Pradesh.
Chaudri informed that the above figures clearly indicate that power overdraw by PSPCL was very well within limits and power regulations department continuously monitor the load and ensure grid discipline at all times.
CMD said that deficient rainfall has forced PSPCL to impose power cuts. It has appealed consumers to reduce AC load which can help bridging gap between demand and supply. He informed that if even half of AC load is reduced by consumers, the power can be supplied without any cuts.