PSPCL lie on power availability exposed
Despite the repeated claims of the senior officials of the PSPCL that after the recent incident of the northern grid failure, NRLDC has curtailed Punjab's Available Transfer Capacity (ATC) from the grid by 800 MW, there has been no such move, as revealed by documents in possession of Hindustan Times.punjab Updated: Aug 18, 2012 11:47 IST
Despite the repeated claims of the senior officials of the Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) that after the recent incident of the northern grid failure, the Northern Regional Load Dispatch Centre (NRLDC) has curtailed Punjab's Available Transfer Capacity (ATC) from the grid by 800 MW (reduced from 5,100 MW to 4,300 MW), there has been no such move, as revealed by documents in possession of Hindustan Times.
PSPCL chief managing director (CMD) KD Chaudhari had given statements that the power corporation was able to draw only 4,300 MW from the grid, but the documents available with HT clearly show that on Wednesday and even on other days, the PSPCL had drawn 5,200-MW power from the northern grid.
The PSPCL had been citing the curtailment of the ATC limit as one of the reasons behind erratic power supply.
Information available shows that though Punjab is not getting power from some of the outside sources, but there has been no change in the ATC limit.
"On Tuesday, the PSPCL went beyond drawing 5,200-MW power from the northern grid twice," this is what the NRLDC website's trend reports section shows. Despite repeated attempts, Chaudhari could not be contacted for comment.
However, PSPCL director (distribution) Arun Verma said after the recent grid failure, some restrictions have been imposed on the flow of power from the western grid that has affected the power supply in Punjab.
"There was some restriction to get power from banking arrangements from the suppliers in the western region between 200 to 250 MW. Because of the recent restriction curtailing the flow of the power from the western grid it has hit power supply in the state. But we are trying our best to arrange as much as power we can so that people in the state do not face power cuts," he said.
Verma said power scenario in the state has improved with almost all power regulatory measures being lifted by the PSCPL. "The only restriction now available is the ban on ACs in our offices, but that is a symbolic. PSPCL was also sincere over power shortage. Within two or three days, we hope to normalise the situation," said a senior official of the PSPCL.
Many officials of the power corporation are of the view that the state government can now lift the ban on use of ACs imposed recently to curtail the use of power.
"There was hardly any need to impose the ban now as the use of ACs in government offices was only resulting in saving electricity between 8 and 10 MWs," sources said.