Despite lower demand, powercuts hit normal life

Despite lower demand during winters, power consumers in Punjab are facing loadshedding by state-owned utility due to supply shortage. Though officials claimed that efforts were being made to restore the uninterrupted power supply, 4-6 hours powercuts has disrupted normal life in the state.

They attributed frequent technical snags in state-owned plants and not receiving power from Mundra power project to the current crisis.

Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) has resorted to buying power from other sources for the first time in this winter season to bridge the gap between demand and supply. PSPCL is facing a gap of 20-25 lakh units against the supply of 900 lakh units per day, official sources said.

"We have been observing frequent technical snag faced by our power plants in past several days, which led to less generation of power supply in the state," a senior PSPCL official said on Sunday. Currently, one unit with capacity of 210 MW of Ropar thermal power plant was not generating power because of technical snag, he added. Power crisis in the state also worsened because of power utility not being able to get power supply from thermal power project in Gujarat.

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