Akash Ghai, Tribune News Service
Mohali, March 17. Erratic power supply is set to haunt people of the state this summer season. Expecting a gap between demand and supply of electricity for 2012-13, the Punjab State Power Corporation has proposed about three-hour power cut during summer days. It has already filed a petition with the Punjab State Electricity Regulatory Commission in this regard.
Giving its projected figures, the corporation has sought permission for about three-hour power cut in May during which the average requirement is being showed as 1,421 lakh units per day (LUPD) against the availability of 1,046 LUPD.
“To fill the gap of 88 LUPD, there is no other way but to impose cuts in all main cities, including Mohali, Patiala, Bathinda, Ludhiana, Jalandhar, Amritsar, district headquarters and urban industrial areas,” said an official of the corporation.
Similarly, in July, when the projected availability is 1,762 LUPD against the requirement of 1,950 LUPD, the duration of proposed power cut is about 3.30 hours per day.
During August, September and October, the proposed power cut is a little less than three hours a day. However, there will be some relief in June when the duration of the proposed cut is 1.10 hours per day.
There is also a proposal for one day weekly off for major industries and three hours of regular power cut everyday for small industries.
With the proposed power cuts for industries, there will be a relief of 58 LUPD during the season. In the petition, the power corporation has stated that there will be no need for power cuts during April, November, December, January, February and March.
Notably, on an average, the unrestricted demand of power in Punjab varies between 1,018 LUPD and 1,950 LUPD, leaving a demand-supply gap of 17 LUPD-189 LUPD for most of the months.
Demand has always outpaced the supply of power in the state and this gap varies between 2.62 per cent and 27.59 per cent.