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Ludhiana PSPCL employees face heat over power cuts

Rise in temperature leads to overheating of wires resulting in frequent power cuts, said PSPCL lineman

PSPCL employees staging a protest against an attack over their colleagues in Ludhiana on Monday. (HT Photo)
Updated on May 21, 2024 05:08 AM IST
ByRakshit Sharma, Ludhiana

PSPCL sets up control room to prevent crop from catching fire

Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) has already set up a control room to prevent the wheat yield from catching fire caused by sparks emanating from electric transformers and wires ahead of the wheat harvesting in the state.

Ahead of the wheat harvesting in the state, Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) has already set up a control room to prevent the wheat yield from catching fire caused by sparks emanating from electric transformers and wires. (Representational image)
Updated on Apr 13, 2024 06:56 AM IST
By, Patiala

Extortion racket: Two members of Arsh Dala gang held after encounter in Faridkot

The district police arrested two members of the Arsh Dala gang, who came to Faridkot to target an executive engineer of Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) after he refused to give extortion money, after a brief encounter near Machaki Mal Singh village in Faridkot district on Sunday afternoon, police said

The district police arrested two members of the Arsh Dala gang, who came to Faridkot to target an executive engineer of Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) after he refused to give extortion money, after a brief encounter near Machaki Mal Singh village in Faridkot district on Sunday afternoon, police said.
Updated on Apr 08, 2024 07:12 AM IST

As wheat harvesting draws nearer, PSPCL braces to deter fire incidents

Special instructions have been given to the sub divisional officers and other officials in the areas where power lines are located. Furthermore, fire stations have also been kept on alert

PSPCL advised farmers to create a buffer of 10 meters around poles to avert a disaster. (HT photo)
Updated on Apr 03, 2024 05:44 AM IST
By, Patiala

HC notice on plea for disbursal of cess from PSPCL to Mohali MC

According to Bedi’s lawyer Ranjivan Singh, not even a penny has been disbursed to Mohali MC since April 2021 and earlier, three instalments, one of ₹3 crore and two of ₹5 crore each were released, but with a deduction of 10% as collection charges

The 2% cess was introduced in November 2017 and as per the notification of department of local bodies, Punjab, it was to be levied for consumption, use and sale of electricity within municipal limits (iStock)
Updated on Mar 19, 2024 08:00 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Peak power demand likely to rise 8% this summer: PSPCL

The summer months of March to May are likely to be hotter than usual across the northwest region, including Punjab, the IMD said last week

PSPCL officials, however, claimed that they were well equipped to handle any surge in power demand as they had enough coal stock for the thermal power plants (TPPs). (File)
Updated on Mar 09, 2024 06:30 AM IST
ByKaram Prakash, Patiala

Unsafe dwellings evacuation: Civil hospital asks PSPCL to cut off power

Senior medical officer Dr Mandeep Kaur Sidhu on February 12 had issued an order asking occupants in the old laundry department building to vacate the building within a week

Around 21 families reside in the old laundry building and the 5 quarters are occupied by families of ex-employees. (Gurpreet Singh/HT)
Updated on Mar 05, 2024 06:36 AM IST
ByRakshit Sharma, Ludhiana

Ludhiana: Govt offices owe over 173 crore in dues to PSPCL

With the civil hospital in Ludhiana topping the list with a pending bill of over ₹9 crore, the health and family welfare department is the biggest defaulter

The corporation has of late been under financial duress, according to highly placed sources within the PSPCL. (HT PHOTO)
Published on Mar 03, 2024 10:26 PM IST
ByRakshit Sharma, Ludhiana

Ludhiana: 34,000 power connections terminated in 2023

The 32,607 domestic connections were terminated against an outstanding amount of ₹3,404 lakh, and 1,758 industrial connections were terminated against an outstanding amount of ₹666 lakh

The official also held the subsidy of 300 units every month responsible for people not willing to pay. (HT Photo)
Published on Feb 18, 2024 10:52 PM IST
ByRakshit Sharma, Ludhiana

PSPCL JE Recruitment 2024: Application process for 544 posts to begin today

Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) has invited applications for 544 Junior Engineer (JE) posts.

PSPCL invites applications for 544 Junior Engineer posts
Updated on Feb 09, 2024 04:15 PM IST

Smart metre installation at snail’s pace in Ludhiana

PSPCL has been on the job for over two years, but data provided by the powercom revealed that only 12% of the connections in Ludhiana have been covered so far

There are 579,567 connections in the Ludhiana city, and only 72,425 metres have been installed so far. (HT)
Updated on Feb 09, 2024 06:06 AM IST
ByRakshit Sharma, Ludhiana

Ludhiana: Change policy if can’t afford subsidies, say PSEB Engineers’ Association

There was a pendency of previous subsidy bills of ₹5,400 crore and non-payment of bills worth ₹3,100 crore by various state government departments, the release revealed

The subsidy bills made up almost 45% of the PSCPL’s revenue. (HT PHOTO)
Updated on Feb 03, 2024 05:14 AM IST
By, Ludhiana

Ludhiana: Lack of proper safety equipment put lives of linemen on job at risk

The linemen, who service the poles and wires, are supposed to be given the safety gear, said Gurpreet Mehdoodan, the division president of Punjab State Electricity Board Employees Federation

Repair work being carried out by two lineman in Ludhiana on Wednesday. (HT Photo)
Published on Jan 31, 2024 11:53 PM IST
ByRakshit Sharma, Ludhiana

Ludhiana: PSPCL suspends JE, SSA for negligence, irregularities

According to a highly placed source in the PSPCL, the department had dismissed three PHPs (private linemen) some time ago for unauthorised shifting (changing the course of wires without due permission from PSPCL)

PSPCL suspends JE, SSA for negligence, irregularities. (HT)
Updated on Jan 28, 2024 05:04 AM IST
By, Ludhiana

PSPCL hydel power supply plummets to 25% of capacity, rural areas bear brunt

Hydel power contributed just 241MW of 4,868MW generated in Punjab against a capacity of around 1,000 MW

The district’s rural areas have been witnessing power cuts extending up to six hours in the last few days. (Gurpreet Singh/HT)
Published on Jan 23, 2024 01:20 PM IST
ByRakshit Sharma, Ludhiana

PSPCL to end registration process for 2500 Assistant Lineman posts tomorrow

PSPCL Assistant Lineman Recruitment 2023 registration ends on January 15, 2024. The direct link to apply is given here.

PSPCL to end registration process for 2500 Assistant Lineman posts tomorrow
Published on Jan 14, 2024 11:38 AM IST

PSPCL’s OTS scheme expires, gets tepid response from defaulting govt depts

Punjab State Power Corporation Limited’s (PSPCL) one-time settlement (OTS) scheme couldn’t motivate defaulters to come forward and could settle only three applications of power bills worth ₹32.9 lakh of government connections in six months even after three extensions.

Even after three extensions, Punjab State Power Corporation Limited’s (PSPCL) one-time settlement (OTS) scheme couldn’t motivate defaulters to come forward and could settle only three applications of power bills worth <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>32.9 lakh of government connections in six months. (Representational image)
Updated on Dec 29, 2023 06:54 AM IST
ByKaram Prakash, Patiala

Punjab revises accident compensation policy for PSPCL staff

Power minister Harbhajan Singh ETO said the ex-gratia assistance for fatal accidents has been increased from ₹5 lakh to ₹10 lakh for workers working on contractual terms

Punjab revises accident compensation policy for PSPCL staff (HT Photo)
Updated on Dec 15, 2023 06:54 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

PSPCL seeks lowest tariff hike in 15 yrs as financial health improves

PSPCL submitted its annual revenue requirement (ARR) of 11% to the Punjab State Electricity Regulatory Commission (PSERC) on November 30 and it was accepted by the commission on Thursday

PSPCL seeks lowest tariff hike in 15 yrs as financial health improves (HT File)
Updated on Dec 15, 2023 06:44 AM IST
ByKaram Prakash, Patiala

PSPCL cuts power purchase by 48%, logs 564 crore profit

This year, there was 48% reduction in power purchase from the open exchange. From 4,773 million units in 2022, power purchase (short terms and exchange purchase) came down to 2,480 million units in 2023

PSPCL officials said smart electricity trading of electricity in the open market and higher production of electricity from own thermal plants resulted in the profit.
Updated on Nov 27, 2023 08:40 AM IST
ByKaram Prakash, Patiala

Ludhiana: PSPCL lineman gets 5 years RI for taking bribe

According to the prosecution, on January 7, 2020, a case was registered against accused Madho Ram under sections section 7 of the Prevention of Corruption Act by Vigilance Bureau, Ludhiana

PSPCL lineman gets 5 years RI for taking bribe in Ludhiana. (HT PHOTO)
Updated on Nov 24, 2023 05:46 AM IST
By, Ludhiana

Punjab govt spending 3,816 cr to amp up power supply reliability: Harbhajan

The Punjab power minister said tendering for the HT/LT works, IT works and 66 kV works was under process and the same was expected to be awarded in a month

Punjab power minister Harbhajan Singh ETO on Wednesday said the Punjab State Power Corporation Limited will carry out intensive system improvement works for loss reduction under the Revamped Distribution Sector Scheme. (HT)
Updated on Nov 23, 2023 08:26 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

PSPCL supplies highest ever power of 34L units on Sept 9

Due to 63% less rainfall during August and negligible rainfall in September so far, the demand for electricity has increased significantly, especially in agriculture, domestic and commercial consumer categories

A view of PSPCL office in Patiala. (HT Photo)
Updated on Sep 10, 2023 07:43 PM IST
By, Chandigarh

PSPCL suspends 3 officers for misappropriation of materials

Power minister Harbhajan Singh ETO, who issued the suspension orders, said that taking a serious note of corruption, swift action was taken against additional SE Sukhdarshan Pal Singh, and SDOs Gian Singh and Harmandeep Singh for misappropriation of ACSR conductors and 66 kV cables. He said these officials were suspended after preliminary inquiry by the PSPCL, in two separate cases.

The Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) on Monday suspended an additional superintending engineer (SE) and two sub-divisional officers (SDOs) for misappropriation of material. (HT Photo)
Updated on Aug 29, 2023 12:19 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Punjab crime: PSPCL’s ex-SDO shot dead by 3 bike-borne men in Amritsar

The deceased was identified as Rajinder Kumar Kalia. Police said the incident took place at around 3:45 pm when Kalia was at his shop, police added

Additional deputy commissioner of police (ADCP) Prabhjot Singh Virk and other officials reached the spot and started an investigation. (HT Photo)
Published on Aug 22, 2023 01:02 AM IST
By, Amritsar

Ludhiana: Consumers’ issues must be a priority, says PSPCL MD

A group of top-ranking officials and other superintending engineers from Powercom attended the meeting convened by the Punjab State Power Corporation Limited

HT Image
Updated on Aug 20, 2023 10:16 PM IST
By, Ludhiana

5 transformers stolen in Khanna, power supply to 3 villages hit

A gang of burglars made away with at least five power transformers within five hours in Khanna. The incident has left the Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) and police officials red faced. Due to the theft, power supply to at least three villages has been disrupted.

A gang of burglars made away with at least five power transformers within five hours in Khanna. (HT PHOTO)
Updated on Jul 20, 2023 11:30 PM IST
By, Ludhiana

Ludhiana: Drug addicts selling parts of Damaged transformers for daily dose

A PSPCL official, wishing not to be named, said that these transformers have become a target for drug addicts, who extract and sell valuable parts, such as metals, from them. He said that along with aiding their addiction, this also results in loss of crucial components of the transformers

They said that officials could salvage the usable parts for repairs and maintenance of other units, thereby reducing costs and improving efficiency. (iStock)
Updated on Jul 18, 2023 11:54 PM IST
BySukhpreet Singh, Ludhiana

A year on, power supply restored to 80 houses in Mohali’s Posh City

Posh City, Sector 91/92 near Chappar Chiri, falls under the Kharar sub-division and people have been living there for over two years

Residents had been managing with generator sets for almost a year. (HT File Photo)
Updated on Jul 04, 2023 01:35 AM IST
By, Mohali

Association of Junior Engineers stage protest in Ludhiana for resolution of pending demands

President of the association Ranjit Singh Dhillon, expressed disappointment over the lack of progress in fulfilling their requirements. He stated that the association had submitted a demand charter to the authorities approximately 7-8 months ago, but the government has failed to fulfil any of the demands till date

Association of junior engineer to stage protest against the management of PSPCL for their long pending demands in Ludhiana. (Manish/HT)
Updated on Jul 03, 2023 10:36 PM IST
By, Ludhiana
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