The Fact News Service
Patiala, October 10
CMD PSPCL A.Venu Prasad said that PSPCL is facing an acute coal shortage in all of the coal-based plants situated across the State. A similar situation is prevailing in the neighboring states of Delhi, Haryana and Rajasthan as well as in other parts of India.
CMD disclosed that presently, all the private coal-based plants in the state have 1.5-day coal-stock while the state-owned plants have about 4 days of coal stock. Yesterday 11 coal rakes were received against total requirement of 22 rakes. Due to depleted coal stock, these plants are operating at less than 50% of their generation capacity. The demand of the agriculture sector is still persisting due to delayed transplantation of paddy and for the varieties of paddy needing supply.
CMD said that upon intervention of Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi loading of coal rakes has improved. He also said that with the fall in demand and arrival of sufficient quantum of coal for building up the coal stock, the situation shall ease out further from 15.10.21 onwards.
Shri A.Venu Prasad disclosed that PSPCL is procuring power from the market to cater to the demand of consumers of the state including the agriculture sector even at exorbitant rates. He said that PSPCL has met maximum demand of 8788 MW of Punjab on Oct.9,(yesterday). He disclosed that about 1800 MW of power has been procured for today i.e. 10.10.2021 at a rate of Rs.11.60 per unit from exchange. He further said that inspite of such procurement of power, PSPCL shall have to carry out load-shedding across the State on all categories of consumers in order to bridge the gap between demand and supply. He said that power cut duration of about 2 to 3 hours every day shall have to be imposed upto Wednesday.
In the need of hour due to coal crisis, A.Venu Prasad has made an appeal to consumers of Punjab to use power judiciously.