Punjab facing 600 MW shortage power per day: Badal

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Chandigarh, Dec 24 (UNI) There is a power shortage of about 600 MW per day in Punjab at present, Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal said today.

Replying to a call attention motion moved in the assembly by Brahm Mohindra (Cong) here, Mr Badal said against the requirement of about 5000 MW per day, availability of power is only about 4,400 MW per day.

The shortage of power is mainly during day time due to high demand of power in the potato/vegetable growing areas as well as from small scale industry/business establishment which operate during the day time, he said.

Supply to villages in Punjab is being given through urban pattern feeders, which remain energised for 24 hours, he added.

However, electricity supply to villages depend on its availability, he said while pointing out that when the demand of power exceeds the availability, power cuts are imposed on all types of feeders--urban, rural and industrial.

Efforts are made to keep the power cuts to the minimum and there were infact no scheduled power cuts in the state till September, Mr Badal told the House.

As a result of this shortage, Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) has to impose power cuts, he added. These power cuts are scheduled in advance and the requisite information is conveyed to various sub-stations in advance, he said.

Any consumer can get the information in respect of schedule of power cuts from the concerned sub station and plan his work accordingly, he assured the assembly Further, as and when a generating station trips all of a sudden or the frequency of the entire common North-East-West Grid falls, Punjab has to curtail its drawl of power from the grid so as to maintain the frequency within the band prescribed by Indian Elecrtricity Grid Code, he pointed out. Under these circumstances, PSEB has to impose unscheduled power cuts but the best is being done to reduce the power cuts to the minimum, he said.

Mr Badal told the House that power was also being purchased in the open market, wherever available to minimise discomfort of the people. However, due to overall shortage in Northern Region due to fall in the levels of the hydro power project reservoirs full demand of power can't be met, hence some power cuts have to be made, he added.

UNI

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