Traders come out in sup­port of Powercom chief

HT Ludhiana Live - - In & Around - HT Live Correspondent [email protected]­dus­tan­ LUD­HI­ANA:

Fac­ing acute power short­age, the in­dus­try has started to re­alise that crit­i­cis­ing the Pun­jab State Power Cor­po­ra­tion Lim­ited (PSPCL) can­not solve the pur­pose and they will have to wait till the pro­duc­tion is in­creased.

In­der­jit Singh Pard­han, chair­man, Small Scale In­dus­try De­vel­op­ment Board (SSIBD), Pun­jab, said KD Chaud­hary CMD, PSPCL, wasd a renowned engi­neer and had been hold­ing the key po­si­tion in Powercom since 2010.

Com­ing out in his sup­port, he said Chaud­hary de­serves com­pli­ments for ef­fec­tively han­dling power woes. He is manag­ing the af­fairs of Powercom in a smooth, ef­fec­tive and trans­par­ent man­ner and has brought much-needed im­prove­ment in power gen­er­a­tion.

“Chaud­hary has been mak­ing all-out ef­forts to pro­vide re­lief from load shed­ding and er­ratic power sup­ply, es­pe­cially to the MSME in­dus­try,” he added.

Badish Jin­dal, pres­i­dent of the Fed­er­a­tion of Pun­jab Small In­dus­try As­so­ci­a­tions, said, “In­dus­try needs un­in­ter­rupted power and we have been fac­ing acute short­age. We have to bear power cuts that are three to four hours long apart from sched­uled cuts. PSPCL has our se­cu­rity de­posits, there­fore they should en­sure us a com­mit­ted sup­ply.”

Pard­han said for the pres-

Chaud­hary has been mak­ing all- out ef­forts to pro­vide re­lief from load shed­ding and

er­ratic power sup­ply, es­pe­cially to the MSME

in­dus­try INDERJ I T S PARD­HAN

SSIBD chair­man

ent power cri­sis, north­ern grid was to be blamed. “The PSPCL has ad­e­quate re­sources to ar­range ad­di­tional power, but due to trans­mis­sion con­straints im­posed by NRLDC, it is help­less to meet the to­tal load de­mand in the state. Sharp in­crease in the de­mand of elec­tric­ity due to late ar­rival of mon­soon in Pun­jab is also re­spon­si­ble for the present power cri­sis,” he added.

Pard­han has urged chief min­is­ter Parkash Singh Badal to set up a high-level com­mit­tee for im­par­tial probe into the re­ported base­less acts of omis­sion and com­mis­sion be­ing lev­eled against Chaud­hary.

Cha­ran­jeet Singh Vishkarma, pres­i­dent, Vishkarma MD In­dus­tries, said the main cause of power prob­lem was short­age and they could not merely blame the PSPCL. “We all know that there is short­age of power and PSPCL can’t gen­er­ate ex­tra power. Now, they just sup­ply power to the sec­tor which makes more hue and cry than other.”

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