Powercom received 35657 complaints related to power supply from across the state on Thursday. In a day, 343 feeders remained down for two hours, 34 feeders for two to four hours, 11 feeders for four to six hours and six feeders for more than six hours.

The power crisis in Punjab continues to deepen. As against the maximum demand of 7500 MW in Punjab on Thursday, the availability was only 4400 MW. Powercom bought power from outside at an exorbitant price but it was insufficient. Industries faced cuts of up to six and a half hours. At the same time, people became helpless due to the reduction of 12 to 13 hours in villages and three to four hours in cities.

In the midst of the power crisis, PowerCom switched off one unit of Ropar at around 3 pm, but at present only 84 MW of power is being available from this unit of 210 MW, while one out of four in Ropar, two out of three in Talwandi Sabo. And one of the two units of Goindwal Sahib remained closed on Thursday as well. This affected the generation of 1926 MW of electricity.

Punjab recorded the maximum daytime power demand of around 7500 MW on Thursday. Powercom had only 4400 MW of power available. Powercom received 1163 MW from its two units of Ropar and four units of Lehra Mohabbat, three from Rajpura, one at Talwandi Sabo and 2186 MW from one unit of Goindwal.
From the Hydel project, 509 MW and all other sources together got only about 4400 MW. Powercom also bought 2400 MW power from outside, but due to shortage of 700 MW power, Powercom cut industries, city and rural areas.

How many days of coal left
On Thursday, eight days coal is left in Ropar plant, four in Lehra, 18 in Rajpura, six in Talwandi Sabo and two days in Goindwal. Due to the increase in the demand of electricity in all the states of the country, now Powercom is not able to get full power from outside even if it wants. This could lead to severe power shortage in Punjab in the coming paddy season.

Talwandi Sabo’s closed unit can be started today
Powercom’s director (distribution) DPS Grewal said that by Friday, one of the two closed units of Talwandi Sabo is likely to be operational. With this 660 MW power will be available to Punjab. This will make it easier to meet the increasing demand in the scorching heat.

If not cut, demand will cross 9500 MW
According to sources, the estimated power requirement at that time was 9500 MW, when Punjab recorded the maximum power demand of 7500 MW during the day. Due to the cut, the demand is getting less recorded. It is clear that there is a shortage of 2000 MW power in Punjab. It’s a topic of concern

31883 complaints related to power supply were received
Powercom received 35657 complaints related to power supply from across the state on Thursday. In a day, 343 feeders remained down for two hours, 34 feeders for two to four hours, 11 feeders for four to six hours and six feeders for more than six hours.

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