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Unscheduled power cuts irk residents

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Aman Sood

Tribune News Service

Patiala, June 17

Domestic consumers in various cities and rural areas of the state have been complaining about unscheduled power cuts for the past few days. Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL), on the other hand, claims there is no power shortage and no cuts are being imposed. It says “technical faults” might be leading to interruption in supply.

Several areas continue to face unscheduled power cuts, especially during night hours, even as the state claims to have surplus power generation capacity. Information gathered from Jalandhar, Amritsar, Ferozepur, Zirakpur, Ludhiana and Patiala confirms that regular power pangs have been common ever since the paddy season started last week.

The power demand in the state today was 9,296 MW, an increase of over 1,200 MW from yesterday. Meanwhile, the PSPCL claims there has been no interruption in the eight-hour power supply to tubewells. Senior officials say there have been power cuts “largely due to routine maintenance work”.

“The reason for power failure in cities and towns is primarily due to overloaded transformers, ill-equipped supply lines, theft and poor maintenance. It has resulted in regular tripping and technical faults. The situation gets worse due to inadequate staff on ground. Due to this, consumers sometimes have to wait for over four to five hours for their complaints to be resolved,” said a PSPCL insider.

Residents in different areas of Patiala, Ferozepur and Ludhiana districts have been complaining about erratic power cuts and system breakdown. “Last evening, there was a power cut for almost one and a half hours. The helpline number was constantly busy. Later, there was another cut that lasted till 1 am,” said Sarbjeet, a Patiala resident.

Meanwhile, farmers in many districts have expressed satisfaction over power supply for their tubewells. “Barring some snags, the power supply has been satisfactory,” says Jagmohan Singh, general secretary, Bharatiya Kisan Union (Dakaunda).

A Venu Prasad, chairman-cum-managing director, PSPCL, told The Tribune that uninterrupted power supply was being provided to 14 lakh tubewells. “The demand for power is high due to heat wave and the ongoing paddy season. Some power cuts are a result of high load and we are working on the problem,” he said.

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