Industrial units in the focal point and industrial area in Jalandhar, which were not getting new power connections, could finally see an end to the power crisis impacting their operations as a new 132-KV power sub-station is all set to become operational soon.
"The new 132 KV power sub-station was already built in the area, but was not operationalised due to a technical fault. Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) has been informed about the fault and the same will be rectified soon enabling release of new power connections," Chief Engineer (distribution, north) of Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL), SS Sarna, told Hindustan Times.
Load for the new sub-station has been sanctioned. Once operational, all pending application of new power connections in the area would be entertained, Sarna said.
On whether the shortage of field staff with PSPCL may delay the release of new power connections, Sarna said the company was prepared to expedite all the new connections.
Over 300 applications seeking new power connections are pending with the PSPCL, which has collected almost Rs 7 crore as deposits. However, for the last two years, no new connection has been released.
An industrialist Pankaj Gupta said that once operational, the power sub-station would extend new lease of life to industrialists.
Previously, the installation of the sub-station had been delayed due to non-availability of land, as Punjab State Industrial Corporation (PSIC) had delayed the transfer of land to Powercom, to seek adequate compensation in lieu of land.