Erratic supply of power in villages irks paddy farmers

  • Sukhpreet Singh, Hindustan Times, Ludhiana
  • Updated: Jul 08, 2014 13:35 IST

Despite state government’s assurance to provide eight hours a day power supply, farmers of some villages are still suffering from the erratic power supply, which is affecting their paddy crops.

They are getting around six-hour power supply, and many farmers are not able to run generators to pump water whole time, as they can’t afford to diesel, which is very costly. Besides, rain has not provided any relief to the farmers.

A farmer, Davinder Singh Sidhu, said, “There are many small farmers, who can’t afford to buy generators, so, this very tough for them as it could lead to the demoralisation. Earlier, Punjab was the richest in agriculture sector, but the productivity is going down day-by-day owing to such problems.”

Jaswinder Singh, (farmer) a resident of Chaminda village, said, “Power supply is not continuous. The maximum supply is for six hours against the promise of eight-hour supply. Whenever it rains, the supply is regular otherwise it’s not more than six hours.

Another farmer of Khaira Bet village, Harvir Singh, said, “I have no complaint, as the supply is regular for the past one week. If the supply is less on one day, it is compensated the next day.”

When contacted, Rashpal Singh, chief engineer, PSPCL, said, “The electricity is being supplied continuously to all villages, but there is some problem in Chaminda village, as the wire size is small and it cannot not bear heavy electricity load. The work to rectify the issue is in progress and will be completed soon.”

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