Hindustan Times (Jalandhar)

‘No power cuts in Punjab as PSPCL meets demand’


PATIALA: The power demand in the state rose by 20% this year as compared to the previous year, said chairman-cum-managing director, Punjab State Power Corporatio­n Limited (PSPCL), KD Chaudhri.

He said due to augmentati­on of power supply lines in the state, the power corporatio­n has created a record of supplying 11,000 megawatt of power to consumers. After reviewing the power supply to the farm sector consumers during the paddy season so far, Chaudhri said the PSPCL had made arrangemen­ts for eight– hour uninterrup­ted power supply to farmers this paddy season.

He said during the first week of July, the power demand soared to 2,400 lakh units on certain days and the peak demand reached 11,000 megawatt which was highest so far. Chaudhri said the average daily power demand had been 2,368 lakh units in June this year and 1,927 lakh units in July so far. He said that PSPCL had not imposed any regulatory measures or cuts on any category of consumers so far. The agricultur­al pumpset consumers were provided more than 8 hours of power supply in June 2015 and more than 9 hours in July.

He said the PSPCL would meet the required power demand of farmers during the remaining paddy season without imposing regulatory measures.

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