Power demand highest ever in Punjab; PSPCL reviewing situation: Chairman

Says Corporation has made all arrangements to ensure uninterrupted power supply; selection of Director (Commercial) and Director (Distribution) soon

DW Bureau / Chandigarh

The Punjab State Power Corporation Ltd is recording the highest ever metered sale of around 1,715 lakh units of power everyday and the Corporation’s top brass is regularly reviewing the situation to ensure uninterrupted power supply to the consumers in the State, PSPCL Chairman A Venu Prasad informed Daily World on Sunday.

Prasad who is also the Principal Secretary (Power) said that the highest recorded metered sale in Punjab last year stood at 1,600 lakh units. “We are ensuring uninterrupted power supply during this summer season despite the shutting down of Talwandi Sabo thermal power plant which has a generation capacity of 1,980 MW.” The PSPCL, he said, was managing power supply from its own units and also buying power from the power exchange to meet the shortfall.

“We also have got into banking arrangements with other states such as Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Rajasthan, etc and we get electricity from these states on a returnable basis. By the next paddy season in July, we expect the Talwandi Sabo plant to start generation which will substantially ease the pressure on us,” the Chairman said. The Government of India has also given access to 600 MW power corridors that will help us bring power from other states, in case additional power supply is needed.

On the issue of power subsidy, Prasad said that the State Government released Rs 800 crore in April as against the pending amount of Rs 1,200 crore. “The Punjab Government will be required to release Rs 8,000 crore in 2017-18 on account of subsidy. We have requested the government to release funds and we are expecting to get some part of it soon,” the Chairman informed.

Asked about the appointments of Director (Commercial) and Director (Distribution) in the PSPCL, he said: “We are processing the applications and the Selection Committee will soon meet to shortlist the candidates.” No meeting of the Selection Committee, however, has been fixed so far, he added.

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