At present, there is coal for one and a half days in Talwandi Sabo, 9 in Ropar, seven in Lehra Mohabbat, 15 days in Rajpura, while two units of this plant have been closed on Tuesday due to exhaustion of coal stock in Goindwal Sahib. Also closed on Wednesday.
Coal crisis continues in Punjab’s thermal plants. Supply is being severely affected due to complete closure of Goindwal Sahib Thermal Plant and one unit each at Talwandi Sabo and Ropar. Due to the scorching heat on Wednesday, the demand for electricity in the state was recorded more than 7500 MW, while the availability of electricity from all sources near Powercom was only around 4400 MW. Although Powercom took power from outside to bridge the gap, but due to lack of adequate supply, it had to cut for four to five hours in rural areas and six hours in Kandi areas on Wednesday.
According to the information, at present there is coal for one and a half days in Talwandi Sabo, 9 in Ropar, seven in Lehra Mohabbat, 15 days in Rajpura, while two units of this plant have been closed on Tuesday due to exhaustion of coal stock in Goindwal Sahib. which were also closed on Wednesday. This has directly reduced the power supply of 540 MW. On Wednesday also one unit of 660 MW in Talwandi Sabo and one unit of 210 MW in Ropar remained closed. In this way a total of 1410 MW power could not be supplied.
Purchased 2900 MW power at the rate of Rs 10 per unit
Due to the scorching heat of summer, the power demand in the state exceeded 7500 MW on Wednesday. To accomplish this, Powercom got 1400 MW from its thermals Ropar and Lehra Mohabbat, 420 MW from hydel projects, 2506 MW from private plants and a total of 4400 MW from solar and other sources. In such a situation, to meet the demand of electricity, Powercom bought about 2900 MW power from outside at the rate of Rs 10 per unit. But still people in the villages had to face cuts due to the gap between demand and supply.
Supply of coal will start from Pachwara mine from June
Powercom officials say that from June, Powercom will start supplying coal from its Pachhwada (Jharkhand) mine. That will improve the situation. Along with this, power purchase agreements have also been made so that farmers do not face problems during paddy season.