Rain Washes Away Power Woes


Staff member

Patiala June 16:
Thanks to the rain that lashed the state, the power situation has improved in the state and the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) has cancelled the weekly-off despite the paddy season in full swing.
The PSEB has decided to cancel weekly-offs for industry. PSEB Chairman YS Ratra claimed that due to heavy rainfall all over Punjab, no power cuts were being imposed for the past almost three weeks. “PSEB has been able to meet the demand despite the closure of Nathpa Jhakhri plant due to heavy silt,” he said.
PSEB officials said the power demand on June 15 was recorded at 1,323 lakh units (LU) that was met by 152 LUs from hydro generation, 447 LUs from thermal generation, 136 LUs from BBMB, 2 LUs from non-conventional energy sources and 586 LUs through purchases from Central sector stations and banking arrangements from other states.
Notably, the water level in reservoirs of hydel plants, which had been lower last week as compared to the same period last year, has also raised. PSEB officials said, “Reservoir level at Bhakra has been 1,565 feet against 1,559 feet of last year, at Dehar it is 2,925 feet against 2,928 feet of last year, at Pong 1,291 feet against 1,326 feet of last year and at Ranjit Sagar Dam it is 511 metre as against 515 metre of last year.”
Meanwhile, Ratra expressed hope that the unit IV of Guru Hargobind Thermal Power Plant would be ready for generation in July. He said the minor fault in the conveyer belt of unit III has been repaired and it was ready for generation.