With an aim to provide electricity to residents on the outskirts of cities and villages, the Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) has notified its branches to connect all fish, pig, goat and diary farming areas with the help of the urban pattern supply (UPS) feeders.
Under UPS, the department aims to provide electricity to rural areas by identifying such places and setting up transformers. The Jalandhar-based PSPCL branch that caters to the north zone power supply, in compliance with orders made in November last year, has started identifying the exact number of such connections.
Under the dera dhanies scheme, the PSPCL is planning to provide electricity to residents who are living in a group of five to six houses outside residential establishments and have no source of power supply.
Earlier, people would make demands for electricity provisions by installing transformers and would collectively bear the cost of the work.
However, now the PSPCL will bear the cost of installing the transformers.
The PSPCL official said they are installing one transformer of 11 KV at 100 meter area.
An official at PSPCL said, “Many farmers in the region prefer to stay near their agricultural land. Since such establishment are just outside the village where most of the time there are no transformers, the farmers try to manage with temporary power source like lamps.”
“Under this program, we will set up transformers to make electricity available,” he added.
Transformers will be installed after consulting the local MLA or the halqa incharge. The north zone power department which caters to most areas of the Doaba region has been granted ` 1.5 crore.
The department has been asked to complete the installation and power supply work by March.
“We have completed the first phase of the work and have also sent the completion report to PSPCL. We are now waiting for the second installment,” said north zone chief engineer Mohinder Singh Brar.