Rain gain: PSPCL lifts curbs on industry
With widespread rain across the state lowering the power demand, the Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) has lifted the restriction of three weekly offs imposed on the industry. However, the restriction has not been removed on a permanent basis.punjab Updated: Aug 07, 2013 18:38 IST
With widespread rain across the state lowering the power demand, the Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) has lifted the restriction of three weekly offs imposed on the industry. However, the restriction has not been removed on a permanent basis.
Due to shortage of power during July, the PSPCL had fixed three weekly offs for the general industry and four for the heavy industry. KD Chaudhri, chairman-cum-managing director (CMD), PSPCL, confirmed that rain all over Punjab had eased the power demand, enabling the PSPCL to give relief to the industry.
"There is no power cut on any category of consumers. The corporation is giving more than the scheduled power supply to the agricultural sector consumers as well," he claimed.
All units of thermal plants are functioning to their full capacity. Despite the closure of the Ranjit Sagar Dam (RSD) power plant, the demand of 1,850 lakh units is being met from own generation, central sector allocations and long/short-term power purchase, he added.
The CMD hoped that with temperature staying low, the usage of air-conditioners would come down and the PSPCL would be able to meet the power demand with the resources available. He said regulatory measures shall be imposed only if an unprecedented rise in demand was noticed.
On the revival of the RSD plant, which has been out of operation for the past week due to flooding, Chaudhri said PSPCL engineers and officials were working day and night to restore power generation. "One turbine has been set for rotations to dry it up. And we are hoping the first unit will be back on track this week," he added. Once power generation from the RSD resumes, the availability of power will increase, thereby diminishing further the need for any regulatory measure, he claimed.