VDS in agri sector flops, power demand goes up

The voluntary disclosure scheme (VDS) of the Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) for regularisation of power load in the agriculture sector has backfired.

The increase in load being regularised by the Punjab State Power Corporation Limited has resulted in an increased demand for power compared to last year while availability has registered only a marginal increase.

As a result the state is reeling under severe power shortage forcing the PSPCL authorities to impose power cuts from 10 to 16 hours daily. It has reduced power supply to agriculture sector from eight hours to six hours daily.

Meanwhile, PSPCL officials said that the state government and bureaucracy must share the blame. They admitted that regularisation of power load was being made without considering the availability.

PSPCL chairman KD Choudhary has said the Rajpura thermal plant which has commissioned two units of 700MW each, is only supplying 500 MW and Talwandi Sabo thermal plant which was earlier supplying 660 MW of power has stopped generation due to shortage of coal.

This has reduced availability of 1560 MW from independent power producers.

 

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