The Fact News Service
Chandigarh, July 2
Amid the ongoing power outage crisis in Punjab, senior Congress leader Navjot Singh Sidhu has highlighted various alleged shortcomings in the working of the Captain Amarinder Singh led Congress government in the state that had led to a power crisis in the state.
He further offered solutions that if implemented can help the government in resolving the crisis.
In view of the unprecedented power shortage amid extreme temperatures, Punjab CM on Thursday has curtained the government office’s timings, restricting its functioning from 8 am to 2 pm. The government had initially ordered a ban on the use of ACs in the offices which was later revoked.
Taking to Twitter on Friday, Sidhu said that there is no need for the power cuts in Punjab or for the Chief Minister to regulate office timings or AC use of the Common People if we Act in the right direction.
In the series of Tweets, the senior Congress leader made several points targeting the decisions taken by the Punjab government concerning power production or purchase which the leader alleged has led to a power crisis in Punjab.
The truth of Power Costs, Cuts, Power Purchase Agreements & How to give Free & 24 hour Power to the People of Punjab:- 1. There is No need for Power-Cuts in Punjab or for the Chief Minister to regulate office timings or AC use of the Common People … If we Act in the right direction.Power Purchase Costs – Punjab is buying Power at an average cost of Rs. 4.54 per unit, National Average is Rs. 3.85 per unit & Chandigarh is paying Rs. 3.44 per unit. Punjab’s over-dependence on 3 Private Thermal Plants at Rs. 5-8 per unit makes Punjab pay more than other states.
Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs) – Badal Govt signed PPAs with 3 Private Thermal Power Plants in Punjab. Till 2020, Punjab has already paid 5400 Crore due to faulty clauses in these Agreements and is expected to pay 65,000 Crore of Punjab People’s Money just as fixed charges
Punjab Vidhan Sabha can bring in New Legislation with retrospective effect to Cap power purchase costs to prices available on the National Power Exchange at any given time … Thus, By amending the Law, these Agreements will become Null & Void, saving People of Punjab’s Money
Punjab’s revenue per unit of consumption is one of the lowest in India, due to gross mismanagement of the complete power purchase & supply system … PSPCL pays Rs. 0.18 per unit “Extra” on every unit supplied, even after receiving over 9000 Crore in Subsidy from the State.
Renewable Energy is becoming cheaper along with being environmental-friendly, But Punjab’s potential from Solar & BioMass Energy remains unutilized even though Central financial schemes can be availed for these projects. PEDA spends its time just on energy efficiency awareness.
Punjab already gives 9000 Crore Power Subsidy but Delhi gives only 1699 Crore as Power Subsidy. If Punjab copies Delhi Model, we will get merely 1600-2000 Crore as Subsidy. To better serve the People of Punjab – Punjab needs an Orignal Punjab Model, Not a copied Model !!
Punjab Model for Power – Money spent on giving unreasonable & exuberant profits to Private Thermal Plants should be utilized for the welfare of People i.e Giving Power Subsidy for Free Power for Domestic use (Upto 300 Units), 24 hours supply & to invest in Education & Healthcare.