Punjab Power Crisis

As the temperatures have taken off and it is top season for paddy transplantation, the interest for power has contacted 14,225 MW. Be that as it may, yet the force utility has simply had the option to supply 12,800 MW. The hole of 1,425 MW has set off power slices of as long as 14 hours in the homegrown area. Presently enterprises has been closed down for two days to guarantee that the horticulture area gets sufficient inventory and the valuable window of relocating paddy isn’t lost. A couple of days prior, ranchers and homegrown purchasers had hit the roads in fight. Industry bodies are grumbling how this is the last thing they needed in a pandemic which has gravely hit all organizations.

In 2019, the most extreme interest during top season was 13,633 MW. Consistently the state records expansion sought after by around 500 MW. In 2020, during the Covid lockdown it was 13,150 MW. The PSPCL neglected to expect that this year the interest would leap to 14,500 MW and made courses of action for just 13,000 MW of supply. The hole is presently excessively colossal, leaving the public authority humiliated and purchasers annoyed. Among the principal choices taken by the current Congress government in Punjab was to close down the public authority run warm plant in Bathinda and two units of another administration warm plant in Ropar with a joined limit of 880 MW. Subsequent to closing down of these plants, no substitute courses of action were made to compensate for the creation misfortune.

Further, in 2018, PSPCL’s arrangement to introduce a 100-MW sun powered plant at Bathinda warm plant, which might have come up inside a year, was dismissed by the public authority. Essentially, a PSPCL proposition to change a unit of Bathinda warm over to handle biomass fuel utilizing paddy straw was likewise dismissed.

Likewise a unit of private TSPL Power Plant at Talwandi Sabo has been closed since March 8 for need of fixes. The unit supplies 660 MW. Previous PSPCL director Baldev Singh Sra says this must be closed down on account of flawed Power buy Agreements (PPAs). “There is no arrangement in PPAs with respect to accessibility of private force plants during top season even as different states like UP and Gujarat have this. I think that its amazing as the unit is closed for a very long time. When there will be no monetary responsibility on the private plants, for what reason would they speed up fixes,” asked Sra.

PSPCL is confronting an asset crunch. The public authority along owes it Rs 5,000 crore by virtue of agribusiness endowment and government workplaces owe PSPCL Rs 2,000 crore. Boss Minister Amarinder Singh, during a new force survey meeting, had guided the division of money to deliver Rs 500 crore to the utility for buy influence. Additionally, regardless of whether it purchased more force, the state has a bandwidth of just 13,000 MW and the Punjab State Transmission Corporation Limited (PSTCL) is censured for not improving the bandwidth by redesigning limit of 400/220 KV transmission lines and ICTs. It shows up no genuine endeavors were made at first that lead to this emergency.

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