Punjab & Region

Punjab to see up to 3 hours of daily power cuts till Oct 13 amid coal crisis

The Fact News Service
Chandigarh, October 11

Punjab will witness up to three hour of daily power cuts till October 13 due to a severe shortage of coal which has forced the Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) to reduce its power generation and impose load shedding in places across the state.

Chairman and managing director of the state-owned utility A Venuprasad said on Sunday thermal power plants in Punjab were operating at less than 50 per cent of their generation capacity as the state had only received 11 rakes of coal against its requirement of 22.

Private thermal plants have stocks to last just one and a half days while state-owned ones have stocks to last the next four days, he added.

“Yesterday, 11 coal rakes were received against the total requirement of 22 rakes. Because of depleted coal stock, these plants are operating at less than 50 per cent of their generation capacity,” he said in a statement.

However, cities across the state are experiencing power cuts of up to six hours and on Saturday morning, Patiala, Amritsar, Ferozepur, Barnala, Sangrur and Bathinda experienced load sheddings that lasted for up to four hours.

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