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Punjab heading towards major power crisis

punjab Updated: Jul 02, 2012 20:07 IST

The power crisis in Punjab has been looming large as demand for electricity has reached near 2,300 lakh units against supply of 1,990 lakh units.

Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) has increased the tenure of power cuts to three to four hours in all the district headquarters and other places.

The demand graph of electricity in the state has increased sharply due to scorching heat and delayed monsoon, PSPCL director (distribution) Arun Verma told PTI here.

Due to the continuous power-cuts in the state, the demand for electricity has increased not only in domestic, but also in agriculture sector.

He, however, said that they could not rule out the steep hike in power witnessed due to opening of government schools in the state.

When asked to ban air-conditioners in government offices, change in office timings, he said, "As of now we have been collecting data from our field offices and will discuss it with our chairman".

Verma said the official data received yesterday was 2,250 lakh units and it was more than 100 lakh units earlier. He said that the demand of power today was high and exact figure would be available by tomorrow. Power supply in the state was only 1,990 lakh units with the gap of over 300 lakh units.

He said that all thermal units had been functioning normally but power supply from hydro units had come down.

Supply from Bhakra, Pong and Dehra dams was only 160 lakh units, which was over 20 lakh units less than the previous year.

He said that water level at the Bhakra and Pong dams has hit an alarming low.

Meanwhile, the water level at Bhakra has depleted by around 60-feet. Last year, Bhakra had received 45,216 cusec water in its reservoir and water level of 1590.61 feet, while this year, on the very same day, water inflow was recorded at 31,326 cusec and water level hit a new low of 1534.92 feet.

Power generation at Bhakra has also plunged to 20 from 30 lakh units (LU) per day on an average.