Following widespread rains, the demand of power in the state has decreased considerably and the Punjab State Power Corporation (PSPCL) has shut down eight thermal units.
Official sources said here on Wednesday that the power demand was dipped by about 500 lakh units and PSPCL was forced to close down its five thermal units ofPSPCL shuts 8 thermal units on low demand each at Ropar thermal plant, two 210 MW units at Lehra Mohabatt thermal plant and one 110 MW unit at Bathinda.
The power demand in state, which was around 1,700 lakh units last week has dipped to 1,180 lakh units per day.
PSPCL is making total power purchase of about 670 lakh units which includes short-term purchases of about 340 lakh units, they said.
Punjab is drawing about 900 lakh units from the northern grid against scheduled drawl of 940 lakh units. As the power demand in state is less than 1,200 lakh units' only one thermal unit each at Ropar and Bathinda is operating.
At Bhakra, water level is 1,651 feet and it was 1,681 feet on corresponding day last year. At Ranjit Sagar, water level is 517 feet and last year it was 525 meters.