The newly-elected executive committee of Punjab state electricity board (PSEB) engineers' association on Sunday expressed deep concern at the "dilly-dallying" approach of the PSPCL management and the Punjab government in setting up 1,320mw thermal plant under state sector.
The association, in a statement here, said despite repeated assurances, no tangible steps have been initiated to prepare the blueprint for setting up this plant.
"The construction of upcoming thermal plants in the private sector is running behind schedule and serious issues particularly those relating to availability of coal are bound to escalate the cost of power from these plants," it said.
"Sufficient coal is available to PSPCL from its own captive mines to set up and run new thermal plants under state sector with cheap domestic coal of good quality. But the state government as well as the management are least concerned to grab this opportunity to provide cheap power to the consumers of Punjab," it said.
It was decided to take up this issue immediately with the government. The house also resolved to take up the issue of stagnation prevailing in the engineering cadre with the managements of two companies.
"For the last six months, there have no promotion of engineers at the middle level and PSPCL management has created a mess by temporarily diverting various posts to carry out some urgent assignments ignoring the overall needs of the company," it said.