After the large-scale industry, the Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) has now imposed power regulatory measures on the small-scale and the medium industries in the state, with the power situation going from bad to worse.
The grim situation can be gauged from the fact that the PSPCL has imposed power cuts on the small-scale industry, which was never done in the past seven years. The PSPCL had imposed power cuts on large-scale industry on July 12.
Now, the entire industry, except some ‘continuous process’ industries, in the state, which was declared power-surplus in December 2013, has to face a 12-hour power restriction during the night
The power regulatory measures imposed by PSPCL on small power (SP) and medium supply (MS) industrial consumers came into force from 8 pm onwards on Tuesday.
These measures will further hit the industry, which is already under-performing in terms of gross domestic product (GDP) of the state economy.
The SP consumers are industries having load up to 20 KVA, while the MS consumers are those with load up to 100 KVA. The fresh restrictions imposed by PSPCL cover almost 80% industry of Punjab.
PSPCL officials said that owing to higher demand of agricultural sector wherein paddy sowing is now in full swing, the corporation has no other option but to impose power cuts on the entire industry.
“Paddy crop is our priority as of now. PSPCL has to give a minimum six-hour supply to agriculture pumpset consumers. And for this, we have imposed power cuts, as no other option is left. Poor monsoon and failure of private plants to generate power, as per capacity, has forced us to take this decision”, said KL Sharma, director (distribution), PSPCL.
Disclosing that the demand-supply gap has grown to 1500 MWs, he said that the power situation will improve with the arrival of monsoon.
Meanwhile, the industry has once again criticised the Punjab government and the PSPCL for imposing power cuts.
Badish Jindal, national president of Federation of Associations of Small Industries of India (FASII), said, “This is the time when industry needs power to meet the production for orders booked for the winter season. However, PSPCL has spoiled all the plans of the industry, which will suffer a daily 40% production loss”.
He said, “After the announcement of power-surplus state, industrialists booked more orders, but the state let them down, as industry is not only losing orders, but will lose reputation also. And all this has happened because of the lies of the Punjab government”.
Jindal blamed the PSPCL management and the government for the entire fiasco. “The entire drama of the PSPCL management and the Punjab government over power-surplus situation has proved a joke for the industry", he said while demanding a white paper on the power situation in the state.
He said that entire industry is in deep anguish and the FASII will file a PIL in the coming days, demanding damages and to know the reality of the power scenario in the state.