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Power utilities produced 18 MW against 200 MW target in 11 years

A performance audit of statuary corporations and corporate companies by the Comptroller Auditor General of India (CAG) has documented that the Punjab government could not fulfill its power generation target of 200 MW due to poor coordination between three of its major entities - the Punjab State Power Corporation (PSPCL), the Punjab Energy Development Agency (PEDA) and the Punjab Irrigation Department (PID).

punjab Updated: Mar 22, 2015 22:01 IST
HT Correspondent
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A performance audit of statuary corporations and corporate companies by the Comptroller Auditor General of India (CAG) has documented that the Punjab government could not fulfill its power generation target of 200 MW due to poor coordination between three of its major entities - the Punjab State Power Corporation (PSPCL), the Punjab Energy Development Agency (PEDA) and the Punjab Irrigation Department (PID). Questioning their performance, the report adds the agencies could not meet their targets and could only produce 17.65 MW power from micro hydel power projects.

In its concluding remarks in the performance audit of these agencies, the CAG report also states that the operation and maintenance of four projects of PSPCL was inadequately supervised leading to theft of major components. These claims were also yet to be recovered.

The report also added that there was considerable shortfall in generation in micro-hydel projects under the control of the PSPCL.

Irregularities related to the recovery of charges for various facilities provided by the government to developers at concessional rates have been detected, the report adds.

22 projects delayed

The report adds that due to the negligence of these companies, of 22 projects commissioned by independent power producers during 2003 to 2014, almost all ran delayed with period of overrun ranging between three and 86 months.

Power generation of 149.92 MW could not be harnessed due to the non-resolution of inter-state water dispute, delay in implementation of project by PSPCL and lack of efforts of PEDA to harness potential on the run-off-river and distributaries.

Assistance from centre went waste

The report claims that the PSPCL officials failed to take timely action to avail of financial assistance from the central government and did not take any steps for renovation and modernisation of existing state hydel projects. Later, the PSPCL transferred these micro-hydel projects to PEDA.

Talking to HT, PEDA chairman Anirudh Tewari said, "I will not be able to comment on the CAG report as I am yet to go through its contents. As far as power generation targets are concerned. PEDA has been looking forward to increase generation from renewable resources. PEDA is the nodal agency to handle these micro-hydel projects and there was no question of lack of coordination with other agencies like PSPCL."

On poor power generation and the missing of targets, he claimed that 85 MW power could not be generated due to the inter-state water dispute with various states.

"Punjab has been requesting other states to cooperate to construct mini-hydel projects at Anandpur Sahib and other channels," he said.

REPORT'S OTHER OBSERVATIONS

" The operation and maintenance of four projects of PSPCL was inadequately supervised leading to theft of major components.

" Considerable shortfall in generation in micro-hydel projects under the control of the PSPCL
" Power generation of 149.92 MW could not be harnessed due to the non-resolution of inter-state water dispute, delay in implementation of project by PSPCL and lack of efforts of PEDA to harness potential

" PSPCL officials failed to take timely action to avail of financial assistance from the central government and did not take any steps for renovation and modernisation of existing state hydel projects.