Punjab to get 24 lakh units power from tomorrow from MP

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Patiala, Aug 3 (UNI) To tide over the power crisis gripping Punjab due to the increased demand during the paddy season, the border state will start getting electricity supply from Madhya Pradesh.

The Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) will get 24 lakh units (LUs) of assured supply per day from tomorrow onwards from the Madhya Pradesh Power Trading Company.

PSEB Chairman Y S Ratra took up the pwoer shortage matter with Mr Vaish, Managing Director of the MP company recently and was assured of 24 lakh units per day.

Mr Ratra said here today that Mr Vaish has promised to further increase the supply as and when the power situation improves in MP.

He further added that PSEB has approached other states like J&K, Sikkim and Tamil Nadu to increase or restore power being supplied to Punjab under different agreements.

Mr Ratra however appealed to the consumers to bear with such exigencies and hoped that the situation will improve with normal rainfall in the month of August and consumers will get relief.

He further appealed to the consumers to minimise the use of ACs which is a major cause of increase in demand of power during these days and replace their normal bulbs with CFLs to reduce peak load demand of PSEB.

Mr Ratra also appealed to agricultural consumers to keep their shunt capacitors in working order and use CFLs on tubewells.

Listing the causes for power deficiency, Mr Ratra said that PSEB was forced to impose longer power cuts in the month of July due to certain forced constraints. Due to scanty rainfalls in the Southern and Western region of the country, Tamil Nadu, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat and Maharashtra withdrew 72 lakh units supply per day from the total contracted power of 267 lakh umits per day under the Force Majeure conditions. Board used to get full contracted supply in earlier years during paddy season.

The average availability of power in July fell to 1478.28 LUs whereas the demand was 1712 LUs. On July 30 the demand was 1871 LUs which is highest ever recorded so far.

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