As the demand for power increases, the Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) has failed to revive the three defective units, depriving the state of 320 MW of power.
The PSPCL's lapses are responsible for the loss of 77 lakh units daily as industrial and other consumers suffer for want of sufficient power. Besides, the PSPCL is losing crores on account of this.
The PSPCL management has failed to revive the three units that have been shut for long on one account or the other.
Sources in the PSPCL told HT that at Shanan hydropower plant, a 50-MW unit is closed since July 2012 due to a fault in its generator. The PSPCL has since failed to revive the unit. The state is losing 12 lakh units of power daily on this account and the surplus water is being discharged without generating any power. The total power generation loss for the PSPCL estimated so far is around Rs 40 crore.
Another 150-MW unit at Ranjit Sagar Dam has broken down owing to a minor problem in its transformer since November 2012. Water in the dam is available and only three units are being run. PSPCL is losing 36 lakh units daily. The total power generation loss so far is around Rs 45 crore.
Another 120-MW unit of Guru Nanak Dev Thermal Power Plant, Bathinda, which was renovated recently, is down since June 13 owing to damage to its turbine bearings. It was alleged that acute shortages of technical staff led to the damage. The initial estimate was that the unit would resume work in 10 days, but it is learnt that it will take another 15 days or more to resume work.
PSPCL chairman-cum-managing director KD Chaudhary and director generation GS Chhabra visited the damaged Bathinda unit on Wednesday to review the situation.
When contacted, Chhabra said the units were under repair. "There was a problem in the generator of the unit at Ranjit Sagar Dam. It was repaired, but was again damaged due to a snag. Now, it has been repaired and is being tested. We hope the unit would start working in 15 days."
About the problem in the Shanan hydropower plant, he said, "Engineers are working at the site and we hope it will start working soon."
Chhabra said, "We have visited the non-functional unit at Bathinda and hope it will start working by July 31."
He refused to comment on the losses to the PSPCL and the delay in the process.