The Punjab State Electricity Board Engineer's Association organised a meeting of its executive committee on Saturday. Issues such as the need to strengthen the transmission and sub-transmission system, the launch of the billing software of Spanco in other districts and opposition to the franchisee model in distribution were discussed.
Association president engineer Baldev Singh said that there was an urgent need to augment the transmission and sub-transmission system in the state, keeping in view of the commissioning of the upcoming power plants in the state in next two or three years. He added that the present system was overloaded and would be unable to carry any extra load.
He also warned the government and the PSPCL not to launch the billing software of Spanco in other districts and as it had created problems for people as well as the department in Patiala and Mohali.
He added that a committee should be formed to check the lacunas in the software and the activity should be handed over to the billing department of the PSPCL.
The members also discussed a debt-restructuring scheme of the Central government and opposed the franchisee model in distribution, as PSPCL engineers employed with the department were capable of improving the performance, including the reduction of losses.
They also took note of violation of a tripartite agreement by the managements of PSPCL and Punjab State Transmission Corporation Limited regarding maintaining common cadre and differential pay scale of engineers.
The association welcomed the government's nod to the PSPCL for the construction of a 660 MW thermal plant, under state sector at Mukerian. Around 200 engineers attended the meeting.