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Punjab Will Have Power Cuts For Three Hours A Day Till October 13 Due To Coal Crisis

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Powercom Chairman and Managing Director A Venuprasad said on Sunday that thermal power plants in Punjab are operating at less than half the capacity as the state has got only 11 rakes of coal against the normal requirement of 22.

Due to acute shortage of coal, there will be power cut in Punjab for three hours a day till October 13. Due to power cut, Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (POWERCOM) has started power cuts across the state while reducing its power generation capacity.

State-run power plant Powercom Chairman and Managing Director A Venuprasad on Sunday said thermal power plants in Punjab are operating at less than half the capacity as the state has got only 11 rakes of coal as against the normal requirement of 22. He further said that only one-and-a-half days are left in private thermal plants while only four days are left in government thermal plants.

However, there were power cuts of up to six hours in cities across the state and four hours in Patiala, Amritsar, Ferozepur, Barnala, Sangrur and Bathinda on Saturday morning. The state has been facing power crisis for the past few months due to rising temperatures and rising demand for electricity from the paddy sowing season. According to Powercom, the coal crisis is expected to ease from October 15, which will reduce power cuts.

According to the rules, it is necessary to have 25 to 30 days of coal in the thermal plant. In view of this acute shortage of coal, Powercom has closed two out of four units of Ropar and one unit of Lehra Mohabbat. On the other hand, a unit of Talwandi Sabo has also been closed on Saturday. Now two units of Talwandi Sabo plant are being run with half capacity. Similarly, both the units of Goindwal Sahib have been reduced to half capacity.

Powercom got only 2,297 MW from private thermal plants on Saturday as against Friday’s 3,488 MW, while only 934 MW from government thermals and 228 MW from hydel. The power demand on Saturday was close to 8,000 MW. Due to low power generation, Powercom had to buy 3,000 MW of power from outside. The special thing is that Powercom can buy power up to 6,800 MW from outside, but these days due to the coal crisis in the whole country, the power generation is decreasing. Hence less power is being received from outside.

Powercom had to make cuts due to less availability of power as compared to the demand. While there were two to three hours of power cuts in the cities, people had to face power cuts of three to four hours in the villages. On the other hand, in view of this serious crisis, Powercom has appealed to the consumers to switch off the AC and use the lights and other electrical appliances sparingly to save electricity. According to experts, if this situation continues, then people should be prepared for long power cuts in the coming days.

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Due to acute shortage of coal, there will be power cut in Punjab for three hours a day till October 13. Due to power cut, Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (POWERCOM) has started power cuts across the state while reducing its power generation capacity.

State-run power plant Powercom Chairman and Managing Director A Venuprasad on Sunday said thermal power plants in Punjab are operating at less than half the capacity as the state has got only 11 rakes of coal as against the normal requirement of 22. He further said that only one-and-a-half days are left in private thermal plants while only four days are left in government thermal plants.

However, there were power cuts of up to six hours in cities across the state and four hours in Patiala, Amritsar, Ferozepur, Barnala, Sangrur and Bathinda on Saturday morning. The state has been facing power crisis for the past few months due to rising temperatures and rising demand for electricity from the paddy sowing season. According to Powercom, the coal crisis is expected to ease from October 15, which will reduce power cuts.

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