Load testing reveals 140% overloading in 20% pumps
LOAD TESTING of irrigation pumps conducted by Electroman Company in Gandhinagar revealed that on an average there was overloading to the extent of 140 percent in 20 percent irrigation pumps.india Updated: Jan 18, 2006 13:57 IST
LOAD TESTING of irrigation pumps conducted by Electroman Company in Gandhinagar revealed that on an average there was overloading to the extent of 140 percent in 20 percent irrigation pumps.
Electroman was given contract of load testing in rural area of Indore at Gandhinagar by Western Region Electricity Distribution Company more than a month back and it has checked 853 irrigation pumps in this area. Its work is over although final report is yet to be submitted.
Additional Superintending Engineer of the Company informed Hindustan Times that another company Surya has been given the contract of load testing of irrigation pumps at Depalpur division about a fortnight back. Till date, Surya has tested about 450 irrigation pumps and in 10 percent of the pumps overloading was found.
It is pertinent to mention here that load testing should be concluded before the Rabi season ends, that is by January end, since after the end of Rabi season irrigation pumps will not be operated.
The Company had suspicion that farmers are operating irrigation pumps on more than sanctioned load; consequently load testing is being done.
According to information received from sources in the Company approximately 40 percent of the pumps which have been declared to be of 5-horse power (HP) capacity are of greater capacity and this is a great national loss.
These farmers have also got undue benefit of waiver of loan as many of them are operating pumps of more than 5 HP. Sources in the company added that pump of a particular capacity comes in different prices and the difference in price is owing to difference in quality.
Thus, a 5 HP pump of cheaper price actually draws power equivalent to a 7 HP pump, although on papers its capacity is of 5 HP which results in great national loss as the billing of this pump is also done according to the rates of 5 HP pump. Sources in the Company informed that this problem is endemic in nature and it should be dealt with strictly as it results in great national loss.